I will never understand why so many fanboys are dead set against change. Sure, “nostalgia is a hell of a drug,” and all that, but Masters of the Universe: Revelation on Netflix is proof that change is the best thing that can happen to the stories we loved as children.Continue reading “Kevin Smith’s Take on ‘Masters of the Universe’ is a ‘Revelation’”
Shelf Conscious returns with a special episode! With Masters of the Universe: Revelation just around the corner, Keith is joined by an Eternian Royal Guard — and literal fandom princess — Tiffany Smith!Continue reading “‘By the Power of Fandom’ with Tiffany Smith”
With only a few more weeks until it finally debuts, Netflix has released the full trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation on YouTube.
Building on what we first saw in the teaser last month, the full trailer provides some more backstory and puts Teela — voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar — at the center of much of the action!Continue reading “Full Trailer for ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ Brings the Magic Back”
This week on Shelf Conscious, Keith welcomes action figure photographer and collector, Greg from the Instagram account Deeez Action Figures!Continue reading “‘The Real Black Series’ with Deeez Action Figures”
If you’ve been holding out for a hero since He-Man and the Masters of the Universe went off the air in 1985, Kevin Smith has got you covered! After giving fans a sneak peek at the new character designs last month, we now get to see those designs in action now that Netflix has released a teaser on YouTube.Continue reading “The Power of Grayskull Returns in Heroic ‘Masters of the Universe: Revelation’ Teaser”
Dominic, Britney, and Keith break down all of the recently announced animated series, including a slate of DC series on HBO Max and a trio of Asian American-led series on Netflix. They also discuss Kevin Feige’s revelation that whitewashing is bad, and Dominic speaks with author Claire Light about her upcoming book, Monkey Around, and the pop culture relevance of the Monkey King.
As long time readers of the site and listeners of the podcasts might know, action figures is where my true nerd passion lies. And since I originally got my start in the nerd business as a writer for the legendary ToyFare Magazine, I decided to go back to my roots and create a podcast and YouTube series devoted to my love of toy collecting.Continue reading “New Toy Collecting Podcast ‘Shelf Conscious’ Coming Soon”
Dominic, Britney, and Keith react to the official Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins trailer and why Henry Golding’s portrayal of the character is so meaningful. They also watched a short behind-the-scenes feature and differentiate between the G.I. Joe comics and cartoons, and Keith explains why he no longer cares if Iron Fist is Asian American anymore.
Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I recently sat down for a conversation with Comics Creator/Writer, Fred ‘That Guy’ Corder of Pockets Fulla Pillz to discuss what lead him from moving from the United States to the Philippines to create Manila’s only Black owned comic book / art toy company: Pockets Fulla Pillz & PFP Toys!Continue reading “NOC Exclusive Interview: Writer, Fred ‘That Guy’ Corder of Pockets Fulla Pillz!”
When it comes to my passion for action figure collecting, you’d think Mezco’s One:12 Collective line would be a no-branier. It takes the intricate detail and soft goods stitching found on 12-inch Hot Toys figures and shrinks them down to my preferred scale, without losing any of the craftsmanship. But by and large, I missed the One:12 boat, focusing more on Marvel Legends, Star Wars Black Series, and the occasional S.H. Figuarts figure. And while I pre-ordered both Batman and Superman from, well, Batman v Superman, I never took them out of their (admittedly gorgeous) packaging. Well, Mezco’s just-released Superman from the 1978 film has changed all that.Continue reading “Mezco’s One:12 Collective Superman is Out of This World”
It was only a matter of time. Fans have been clamoring for years, and today Funko Toys announced they are finally producing a wave of Pop! Vinyl Figures based on the Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton! Entertainment Earth has pre-orders open now!Continue reading “Just You Wait: ‘Hamilton’ Funko Pops Are Coming”
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment you’ve been waiting for... Entertainment Earth has announced pre-orders are open for their exclusive Hamilton Pin Mates collectibles!Continue reading “Do Not Throw Away Your Shot to Pre-Order ‘Hamilton’ Pin Mates”
At long last, 6-inch scale G.I. Joe action figures have arrived. Well, at least one of them. This week, Hasbro Pulse began shipping began shipping its exclusive Deluxe Snake Eyes figure from the upcoming G.I. Joe Classified Series line. I’ve had it open for less than a day and I can already say it’s the best action figure of 2020 (and maybe of all time).
Ever since The Child made its debut on Disney+ in November, fans have been clamoring for ways to get their hands on some Baby Yoda merch. Well, the wait is finally over. Disney will be unveiling its 2020 roster of Star Wars-branded action figures, plush toys, board games, and more at Toy Fair in New York this weekend. And even though the Skywalker Saga is no more, the Force will be strong with merch based on shows like The Mandalorian and Clone Wars.
A few months back, I took some time to reflect on Mattel’s final wave of Batman-related action figures. After nearly two decades in the DC Comics licensing game, Mattel finally gave way to a new licensee. McFarlane Toys (and Spin Masters) were going to be the new holders of the DC legacy though little was known about what either toy company would offer. All we knew was that the figures would debut some time in 2020. Well, it’s a new year, and all that has changed!
When it was announced late last year that Mattel would be losing the master license to make DC Comics-related action figures, I wasn’t sure how to react. On the one hand, I had pretty much stopped buying Mattel’s offerings when they ended their DC Universe Classics line around 2012. On the other, I’ve been an avid collector of these figures ever since popular action figure sculptors the Four Horsemen gave us Zipline Batman in 2003. Of course, in the years since, I moved on — preferring more premium toymakers like SH Figuarts for my DC fix. But I couldn’t help coming back to Mattel one last time for an all-Batman wave to close out their 16-year run on the character.
If you follow actress Ally Maki on Instagram, you could see she’s having the time of her life.
The actress has always been open and active with her followers on the app chronicling her journey in television, film, and activism through Asian American Girl Club (AAGC). And, being part of this Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 4 was no exception. Maki has shared all the details of her time working on the film and throughout the press tour with her fans with so much enthusiasm and energy that you can’t help but be enamored by Maki and her character, Officer Giggle McDimples.
There isn’t a week that goes by that I’m not asked some version of the following questions: “How do you know about all this comic book stuff?” It is usually followed up by: “There is so much out there. How do you know if it is any good?”
Instead of rehashing here my plea for people to take risks on art and culture, I’ve decided to be more proactive.