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New York Comic-Con is just around the corner, and as we all ready ourselves for the oncoming insanity, details are beginning to emerge about just what we can expect to see at this year's show. Of particular note are DC Entertainment's plans: rather than setting up their traditional booth complex on the show floor, they're taking a different approach to exhibition…  So when we heard the news, we not only got hold of the press release, we spoke to their VP of Marketing, John Cunningham, to get some more in-depth details on what DC has up their sleeve for NYCC attendees: Read More...

We here at MTV Geek LOOOOOVVVVEEEE toys! We always have and we always will. Our undeniable affinity for pop culture can easily be traced back to having our tiny hands wrapped around a couple of Star Wars/Masters of the Universe/G.I. Joe/TMNT/X-Men action figures while we ran through the backyard, making up new stories and using our budding imaginations. However, some children aren't quite as fortunate as we were, and with the holidays upon us it's always a great time to help those kids who need it the most.

While an incentive to help out is never needed, it is a great way to get those people involved that might not normally be able to find the time. Luckily, our friends at Geeks for Tots are offering up some great prizes from sponsors all over the internet, for simply donating to Toys for Tots! Here's all the info on the contest, along with a list of some of the prizes:

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Beginning today, the D23 Expo will host throngs of Disney's adoring fans in Anaheim, California. The show features a little bit of everything from the Disney lineage and it is all represented in the form of some sweet D23-Exclusives! Much like the coveted SDCC-only toys and collectibles, these D23 Expo pieces are sure to burn up the ebay charts...and a hole in the pocket for those of us who unfortunately missed the show. For instance, there are only 50 each of the Kingdom Hearts Mickey and Sora statues-- 50! Now THAT's a low production run!  Here's all the info on the D23 experience, along with some photos of the many, many exclusives to be found around the show.

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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!

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Giggity.

That one word instantly brings to mind the animated series full of constant cutaways, creepy old men, homicidal toddlers, and greased up deaf guys: Family Guy. Playmates have recently announced their plans to produce an entire line of figures and playsets based on the Griffin family and their unsettling cohorts much in the same fashion as their previous (and incredibly successful) Simpsons line. The figures will interact with the playset and speak phrases from the show. Although, if Peter starts singing “Shipoopi” then we’re gonna toss that thing right out the window! Besides that peeve, we’re a-okay with the toyline. Read More...

The fictional game of TRON (as seen in the aptly named Tron Legacy) was the epitome of virtual reality, immersing the user in the world of Tron. Well, now thanks to the folks over at Stern, you can simplify the dangerous computer-based world by conquering their newest release: Tron Pinball! Not only that, but it features the incredibly awesome Daft Punk-produced score! We can’t think of anything else we’d rather be doing! In fact, we’re gonna just leave the rest of this article to the people at Stern – cause we’re headed to the local arcade. Yes, those still exist!

STERN ANNOUNCES TRON: LEGACY PINBALL MACHINE

May 11, 2011-In collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, Stern Pinball announces its next pinball game, released May 1, 2011, is inspired by Walt Disney Picture’s TRON: Legacy.

The TRON: Legacy Pinball features an incredible 3D backglass that brings the film’s characters and story to life. TRON: Legacy Pinball also features exciting sound bites from the film’s main characters, as well music from the film’s original score.

In TRON: Legacy Pinball, players battle as Sam Flynn on the Grid against Clu and Rinsler. Players will enjoy multi-ball rounds themed around scenes from the film: ride the two ramps for Light Cycle battles on different levels of the Grid; defeat the motorized Recognizer target bank to expose Rinsler’s spinning Identity Disc; or fire the ball from Rinsler’s Disc to simulate a Disc War. There are numerous play features for characters in the film, including Kevin Flynn, Gem, Zuse, Quorra and Clu. Play all features to escape the Grid through the Portal.

John Borg is the playfield designer and is known for creating recent hits. He is working side-by-side with the great design and engineering team at Stern Pinball. Pinball Hall of Fame artist John Youssi designed the art package and David Thiel engineered the sound.

Gary Stern, founder, CEO and chairman of Stern Pinball says, “We loved working with Disney on this great title. TRON: Legacy Pinball will be a great game for TRON: Legacy and pinball game fans alike.”

TRON: Legacy Pinball will also be released in a numbered Limited Edition version with more features.

Stay tuned to MTV Geek! for all your classic gaming coverage!

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He's been in the news a lot lately, and now he's got his own Bluewater comic book! Political Power: Donald Trump is written by Jerome Maida and has a cover by Joe Phillips, will be released in October 2011 by Bluewater Productions. Take your first look at Political Power: Donald Trump, and then read on for more details!

He seems to be everywhere; on television, in book stores and most recently, elbowed his way into the current political morass. But whether he’s “firing” reality contestants, running a billion dollar corporation, picking fights with celebrities or toying with the idea of a presidential bid, Donald Trump’s larger than life persona has been captured for an upcoming Bluewater Productions biography comic.

“Political Power: Donald Trump,” scheduled for an October 2011 release, follows the polarizing life and career of the high-profile tycoon, presidential aspirant and media bon vivant.

“We’re trying to portray him less as a caricature and more as potential leader of the free world,” said Bluewater president Darren Davis on why Trump’s biography was being published via the “Political Power” brand. “Whether you agree with his political posturing or find him completely self-interested and insincere, he’s pulling up a chair at 2012 Republican presidential nomination table.”

Written by freelance journalist Jerome Maida, the 32-page Trump comic biography covers his transition from real-estate magnate who took over his successful father’s company to “The Donald,” the eponymous moniker that fuels tabloids, drives television ratings and relishes the spotlight.

"Trump may be egocentric, he may be a grandstander and a loudmouth, but there’s no denying he has the attention of America,” said Maida.

The issue, which will sport a cover from noted artist Joe Phillips, will retail for $3.99. It will be available through comic book shops and several online venues such as Amazon.com and the Barnes and Noble and Borders.

The “Political Power” series was launched earlier in 2009 as a companion piece to the successful “Female Force” biography title. The comic allowed Bluewater to delve into the lives and power and legacy of some of the most important and powerful political personalities of the past generation regardless of gender.

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The toy industry has many facets, and we here at MTV Geek! do our best to report coverage on the things that relate to our fans like action figures, statues, and designer vinyl art toys. The art toy scene has grown into a huge presence online and in specialty shops, and now our friends at Clutter Magazine are recognizing those artists (who usually create toy masterpieces simply for the love of the medium) through the first annual Designer Toy Awards! We are extremely excited to cast our votes and find out the final outcome later this summer. Here’s all the info, straight from the source:

Clutter Magazine is very excited to announce the first annual International Designer Toy Awards (DTA) - Hosted in San Diego, California at the SDCC 2011.

The Designer Toy Awards celebrates the creativity, innovation and artistic excellence in the Art Toy market, which after more than a decade has not only become a prominent and legitimate form of artistic and commercial expression, it is one of the leaders in global trendsetting. This award ceremony will celebrate the best of the industry’s artists, designers, customizers and manufacturers, as well as honoring those involved in championing Art Toys throughout the world.

KEY DATES

Website Launch/Nominations open: Thursday, 21st April 2011 www.designertoyawards.com

Nominations Close: Monday 20th June 2011

Voting Opens: Monday 27th June 2011

Awards Ceremony: Thursday 21st July 2011

NOMINATIONS

The site for the DTA’s will launch on Thursday 21st of April, with nominations beginning at the same time. To nominate in the DTA’s you must register on the site. Nominations are open to everyone.

Nominations will only be accepted for toys/ events that were released between March 2009 and February 2011.

DTA BOARD

The DTA Board is made up of industry professionals. The full list will be announced and published on www.designertoyawards.com

The awards will have two components. First, a carefully selected board of professional artists, producers and impresarios will choose a group of nominations from the many designs released over the past year. And secondly, there are an entire group of awards chosen by YOU! Yes that’s right, The DTA PUBLIC awards feature special categories that are open to the general public for popular voting. Stay tuned for more details!

Stay tuned to MTV Geek! for all your toy coverage… and all the award ceremonies dedicated to them!

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The hits just keep on coming with Gentle Giant Ltd.’s Star Wars and Marvel merchandise. This month, we mean that literally thanks to the info on their upcoming (not so) mini-bust of the Incredible Hulk! These fine collectibles are available for order, through your favorite comic shop, this month but won’t find their way onto your shelves until the Fall. Still, that female Stormtrooper statue is worth the wait!

Also, this month sees the continuation of G.G.'s tribute to the classic Kenner Star Wars line with the release of the Death Squad Commander in full 12 inch size. We love these toys, especially so thanks to the sweet blister card they arrive on.

Here’s all the info straight from our friends at Gentle Giant:

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Kotobukiya is certainly not a company that likes to wait around! Hot on the heels of announcing their Ghostbuster Bishoujo statue, Kotobukiya has sent MTV Geek! info on the latest release in their Marvel Bishoujo line: Ms. Marvel Binary! While using the same basic sculpt as their previously shown Ms. Marvel statue, this one steps it up about nine-thousand notches with addition of tons and tons of translucent fire! Here are all the details along with some snazzy pics, straight from Kotobukiya themselves:

MARVEL BISHOUJO COLLECTION MS. MARVEL BINARY VER. BISHOUJO STATUE

A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! The popular Marvel Bishoujo collection (combining iconic superheroines and villains with traditional Japanese stylings) continues to bring you the amazing beauties of the Marvel Comics universe as you’ve never seen them before. Next up in this line is a stunning new variant on an existing heroine, MS. MARVEL BINARY VERSION! With a long history stretching back to the 1960s, Carol Danvers gained superhuman powers from an alien explosion, leading to her costumed identity as Ms. Marvel. After losing her powers for a time, Danvers gained a whole new array of abilities and a new look when she drew upon a white hole’s energy. With her new identity as Binary she would have many adventures on Earth and beyond, later returning to her Ms. Marvel persona. Based on the first Ms. Marvel Bishoujo Statue, Binary appears in the Japanese Bishoujo (pretty girl) style based on an original character reinterpretation by illustrator Shunya Yamashita.

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As geeks, our fictional worlds are filled with brightly-colored heroes that swoop in to save the day when tragedy strikes. However, in this reality it’s up to us to lend a helping hand to those affected by natural disasters and circumstance. Our friends at Kotobukiya, makers of some of the finest comic and film-based statues around, are stepping up (with your help) to send some aid to the victims of the recent tragedy in Japan.

Here’s all the info and links for Kotobukiya’s planned charity auctions:

On March 11th 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck near the East Coast of Honshu, the largest quake in Japan’s recorded history. Followed shortly thereafter by a series of ravenous tsunami waves, this catastrophe is expected to rank amongst the costliest of natural disasters with a vast number of people displaced from their homes and separated from their loved ones.

To assist in emergency relief efforts, Kotobukiya will be offering a series of charitable eBay auctions during the month of March. A selection of collectible items will be made available for bidding, many of which have been graciously signed by top industry talents. 100% of all final auction proceeds will go to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund spearheaded by GlobalGiving.

With your support we can make a difference in the recovery process!

To view current Kotobukiya sponsored charitable auctions please visit our eBay page at: http://myworld.ebay.com/kotobukiya

For more information on GlobalGiving or to place a donation, visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/

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When you hear the word “sexy”, what’s the first image that pops into your head? Ghostbusters, right? No? Well why not?! Are you saying that a bunch of middle-aged guys dressed in flightsuits and spewing witty banter doesn’t get your heart pumping?! Okay, well, now that we think about it… you’re right! In fact, between the constant ass-kickings and random slimings, being a Ghostbuster isn’t exactly the most glamorous of fictional professions. However, Kotobukiya is here to shed a different light on our favorite paranormal investigators with the latest statue in their Bishoujo line – Lucy!

We here at MTV Geek! were stunned by how well this turned out, and now we’re hoping for more statues from our favorite movies to be released! For now, here’s all the info (and a bunch of pics) of Lucy:

A Kotobukiya Japanese import! The Ghostbusters, New York’s very own paranormal investigators, are back in the headlines and this time around they have a new recruit, Lucy. This Ghostbuster-in-training is determined not to let any spook, specter or ghost get past her and she has the equipment to back her up. Outfitted in Egon Spengler’s proprietary Proton Pack and Ecto Goggles, she is truly a slime-eradicating force to be reckoned with!

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She’s conniving, murderous, and will stab you in the back in a heartbeat. She’s the Baroness -- and lucky for her, women in black leather and librarian glasses are irresistibly sexy. This probably explains why she hasn’t been gunned down by the forces of G.I. JOE, or strangled in her sleep by her metal-clad lover, Destro!

In the original G.I. JOE A Real American Hero animated series, her heavily-accented voice was sent across the airwaves into our pre-pubescent earholes by none other than the talented Morgan Lofting. Decades have passed since the cartoon was originally on the TV, but the Baroness has managed to stay an integral part in every incarnation of the franchise from comic books to toys, and even the live-action feature film… but we won’t open THAT can of worms! All that aside, Morgan Lofting will be appearing at this year’s G.I. JoeCon, and now’s your chance to creepily tell her all about that childhood crush you had on her cartoon avatar!

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Press Release

An all-new direction for X-Men Legacy begins this May as MMXI – the year of the X-Men – kicks into high gear!

X-MEN LEGACY #248
Written by MIKE CAREY
Penciled by RAFA SANDOVAL
Rated T+ …$2.99
ON SALE THIS MAY!

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Toy Fair ended last week, and a great showing was put on overall by all of the companies involved (that we cared about in our selfish little action figure-loving kinda way). Shocker Toys was among that number, and regardless of setbacks they’re still fighting the good fight when it comes to getting your favorite characters made into action figures! In fact, we here at MTV Geek! will be bringing you a number of toy reviews in the coming weeks from the company’s flagship Indie Spotlight line. First however, here’s some info on the planned rollout of Shocker’s 2011 toy lines.

Official Press Release

Indie Spotlight: The 6 inch scaled, super posable action figure series with characters ripped from the pages of your favorite independent comic books returns! Indie Spotlight Series 2 with The Tick, Dick Tracy, Ignacia, King Zombie and Jack Staff are on their way to our warehouse and will be ready to ship in no time. Indie Spotlight Series 3 with The Phantom, Zorro, Nira-X, Fist of Justice and Grendel, as well as variants for The Phantom and Grendel, will be next on deck. Indie Spotlight action figure 2 packs are on the way as well featuring Captain Action/ Madman and Lazerman/ Zen. Rounding out these lines, Shocker Toys pays respect to the comic heroes that started it all with a Golden Age action figure line featuring Dan Garret “The Blue Beetle”, The DareDevil, The Arrow, The Black Terror and The Heap with variants for The Heap and DareDevil!

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