Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That’s usually gift card territory. But it doesn’t have to end that way! We’re here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we’ve got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
By Betty Felon
With the growing popularity of cosplay in the world of pop culture (as well as our own Best Cosplay Ever feature), the cosplay community has grown rich with costumers who specialize in creative and intensive skills, from sewing to prop work to makeup artistry, to help bring their beloved fictional characters to life. However, one cannot deny the integral role that cosplay photography plays in the cosplay community, both in properly documenting costume work and utilizing their own artistic talents in completing the transformation of bringing a fictional character to life. Going forward, this feature will occasionally spotlight a specific cosplay photographer who’s skills could put Peter Parker to shame.
Enjoy a brief interlude from the fierce torrent of critically important and hugely relevant news that comes every October 31 with this special edition of Let’s Be Friends Again in which Curt Franklin and Chris Haley imagine the Halloween costumes of our favorite superheroes.
By Chris Sims
Good news for those of you who like standing in lines! Diamond has announced its exclusives for next month’s San Diego Comic-Con International, with variant covers for comics like Adventure Time and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, as well as toys like plastic bank limited to 1500 pieces with the somewhat dubious description of being “a fan-favorite repair droid from Naboo.”
Okay, sure, that last one’s just an R2-D2 bank that somebody took a gold Sharpie to, but there’s some neat stuff to be found there as well if you’re into limited variants and exclusive action figures.
Check out the whole roster on ComicsAlliance.
Parks and Recreation, a show about politics in a small U.S. town, often finds clever ways to parody various topical issues taking place in Washington D.C. Tomorrow’s episode is no different, as this time they’re taking a shot at much debated filibuster reform, and they’ve enlisted the help of Patton Oswalt to do so. Oswalt, playing the role of one of Pawnee’s many
insane passionate citizens, goes on a completely improvised nerd rant in which he recites what he believes should be the plot of the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, including an aging Luke, Han and Leia crossing over into the Marvel film universe as they team up with the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men and more to take on Thanos. Not all of the Avengers make it into Oswalt’s cut, as he’s replaced “second tier” characters Hawkeye and Black Widow with noted Marvel A-lister Moon Knight. Naturally.
You can see the full video above, and while this is obviously meant to be a joke, let us all pray to our respective deity’s that no executive at Disney ever hears this proposal.
In collaboration with Lucasfilm, Australian fashion brand Black Milk Clothing has released the latest installment of its Star Wars Collection today (the previous installments can be seen here). Black Milk Clothing’s latest Star Wars designs include a trompe-l’oeil Darth Vader swimsuit, spandex speckled with AT-ATs, and a swimsuit featuring a light saber battle between Luke and Darth Vader. In addition to the new releases, Black Milk Clothing has also lowered their prices on their entire Star Wars collection, as well as offering free international shipping this month.
Check out the new Black Milk Clothing x Star Wars designs on ComicsAlliance!