By Zack Smith
As we saw at Toy Fair, NECA has a new action figure of Sylvester Stallone as Rambo in First Blood. At 6 ¾ inches and 25 points of articulation, it’s one of the most accurate examples of everyone’s favorite mentally-unstable victim of America’s indifference to Vietnam vets turned over-the-top action hero. In addition, Hot Toys just posted a look at a new 1/6 scale doll of Barney Ross, Stallone's Expendables 2 character, that is the next-best thing to having Sly himself on your shelf.
These announcements led us to a realization – Sylvester Stallone has had perhaps more action figures made of the characters he’s portrayed than any other actor. So, we decided to take a look at some of the many, many, Stallone-based toys over the years. Some of what we found was, put bluntly, things we cannot unsee.
by Alan Danzis
If you’re going to have an action figure of The Dark Lord of the Sith or the Man of Steel, aren’t you going to want them to be at least as tall as Metroplex? JAKKS Pacific thinks so and unveiled 31” collectible action figures at Toy Fair 2013—including ones for Superman based on the upcoming Man of Steel film, as well as Darth Vader. Read More...
Going into Toy Fair 2012, we fully expected a ton of new zombie-related merchandise. With the currently pop culture popularity off those brain-eating corpses, there's just no stopping their undead merchandising machine! however, JAKKS Pacific managed to turn our heads thanks to a new line of toys that have a special nostalgic quality to us 80's babies. The S.L.U.G. (Scary Little Ugly Guys) Zombies are an homage of sorts to the classic M.U.S.C.L.E. line of tiny, single-colored wrestlers. The S.L.U.G.s are a little larger than their distant cousins, but have that same appeal thanks to some tremendous (and hilarious) sculpts.
Toy Fair 2012: JAKKS Pacific S.L.U.G. Zombies
In life, there are skills that can be helpful (tying your shoes, reading, speaking) and then there are skills that can make the difference between life and un-death! That's where Jakks Pacific's new "The Walking Dead" Deluxe TV Video Game comes in. It teaches you the proper technique to ferociously blast your way through the zombie hordes and into the heart of your best friend's wife! Okay, maybe it won't help you be EXACTLY like Shane, but it's a start! In this video from Toy Fair 2012, we get the rundown on how the game works. Hint: think Big Buck Hunter, but with faces!
Toy Fair 2012: JAKKS Pacific 'The Walking Dead' Game
Read on for more info from Jakks Pacific along with photos from the display in their showroom!
As you're surely aware of by now, "Men in Black 3" will be coming to theaters this summer and the film will be accompanied by tons of tiny, suit-wearing Will Smiths! While this sounds exactly like a terrifying predicament Agents J & K would find themselves in, these new toys are sure to impress with their transforming accessories from the show. During Toy Fair 2012, Jared Wolfson, Dir. of Marketing at Jakks Pacific walked us through some of the various action figures and alien-destroying weapons!
Toy Fair 2012: JAKKS Pacific Men in Black 3 Toys
Read on for more on this line, along with photos of the MIB3 toys from the Jakks Pacific showroom!
During out tour of Jakks Pacific's Toy Fair 2012 showroom, we lucked upon this little gem as we were photographing their display of new board games based on Spider-man, Pirates of the Caribbean, and a little license known as "The Avengers"! As you can see in these MTV Geek exclusive images, the enemy pieces for the game, while pink, will be very familiar to Marvel Comics' fans. To our eyes, theses little pink wonders from "The Avengers" Mighty Battle Skill and Strategy Game look like the spitting image of the shape-shifting Skrulls! While the Skrull's involvement in the upcoming film have been denied; this coupled with the recent Superbowl ad makes it very hard to argue that they don't play a large part. As an added bonus, the bottom right hand side of the box states it's "the Battle for the Cosmic Cube!"
Check out the rest of the images, of what appear to be warrior and commander Skrulls, and decide for yourselves!
Wolverine trains a robot to box. That in a nutshell is the plot of Dreamworks' upcoming film Reel Steel, and that's plenty for us! Sure, Hugh Jackman is playing an ex-boxer in the film, but now when we see him in a movie we can't help but hope he'll end up popping some claws and going on a rampage. While Jakks Pacific hasn't released any news on toys of the human characters from the film, there are gonna be lots of robots and here are some pics and info straight from Jakks themselves!
Avast ye landlubbers and take a gander at this review for Jakks Pacific’s Jack Sparrow action figure from their Pirates of the Caribbean 4 line of toys! As you can tell, this review called for the pirate mindest… so we just guzzled a bunch of rum and called it a day. *Hic* Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the film and thus guaranteed his immortality in plastic. Not only that, but Jakks also included one of the coolest gimmicks we can think of – and we can think of a lot. On May 20th, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sails its incredibly long title into theaters, but for now let’s look at this toy starting with the backstory from a recent Disney press release:
Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penélope Cruz), and he's not sure if it's love—or if she's a ruthless con artist who's using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn't know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hits theaters on May 20th, and Jakks Pacific is going to make sure you have all of the no-good scoundrels you can handle in toy form! From the stumbling bravery of Jack Sparrow to the intimidating badassery of Blackbeard, the entire main cast is present and accounted for. The 4” line of figures that feature Blacklight Reveal and a massive playset (in the form of The Queen Anne’s Revenge ship) is just one of the many plans to capitalize on the masses lust of all things “pirate” that Jakks has in store.
While touring the Jakks Pacific showroom, we were surprised to find out that the upcoming 6” collector line has been outfitted with the age-old fan favorite: The Build-A-Figure! Yes, you read that right – if you snatch up the entire series of 6 inchers, you can build a full-sized figure of Gunner. While we’re not quite sure what kind of role Gunner plays in the film, he looks like one tough s.o.b.!
We recently talked with Andrew Kovall, National Sales Manager for Jakks Pacific, about the upcoming lines and why the Blacklight Reveal feature is not to be missed:
Andrew Kovall On Jakks Pacific's 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Toys
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On the night of February 1st, Disney Consumer Products held a release party, in New York City, to celebrate the upcoming toys based on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Jakks Pacific has scored the rights to make action figures from the film, and it just so happens they were unveiled at this very event! Are there pictures of these swashbuckling toys? You bet there are! In fact, were about to unleash the release dates and pictures for both the 4 inch line and 6 inch collector line! First though, we thought you’d like to see a toy your NEVER gonna get, cause we’re jerks like that sometimes.
During the Disney event, Ian McShane, who plays Blackbeard (and will always live in our hearts as the ass-kicking brothel-owner on Deadwood), was presented by Jakks Pacific with a one-of-a-kind 12” figure of himself!
Also, if you notice behind Ian, and his small doppleganger, there is a life-size Jack Sparrow statue built out of over 150,000 Lego bricks! Read More...
Nothing seems to get the blood pumping like a good old fashioned beat ‘em up, and Jakks Pacific is making sure your toy collection stays stocked with the best ass-kickers in the business! Whether you like a little flash and drama with your fighting, or gritty bloodbaths requiring expert timing and skill; the fine folks at Jakks have got you covered. Both TNA (Total Non-Stop Action) Wrestling, and the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) are represented in all their gladiatorial action figure glory! Why would we here at MTV Geek be hyping these toys? Well, why not?! Pro wrestlers wear just as much spandex as the average superhero, and those UFC figures feature some of the best articulation of any mass market line. That’s the simple truth. You want REALLY good reasons though? Okay then. First, Tito Ortiz makes his toy debut in UFC Wave 6; so, now you can have He-man beat the living hell out of him! That’ll shut his bragging right up! Second, the thought of Sharkboy hitting Aquaman in the face with a folding chair makes us way, WAY more excited than we possibly have a right to be!
Here are all the neck-breaking details straight from Jakks Pacific themselves: Read More...