Straight from X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer’s Twitter feed comes news that The Age of Apocalypse could be coming in 2016… or at least “an” age of Apocalypse. Hashtags make for curious reading. Gee, it’s like Fox saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer drop today or something…
The original 2003-2006 Teen Titans animated series ran for 65 episodes, but for whatever reason, it never got around to a holiday episode (the closest it came was with a story in its tie-in comic book). That all changes tonight on Cartoon Network, though, as the Teen Titans Go! crew hatches a scheme to double up on holiday fun in the new “Second Christmas” episode at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Beast Boy and Starfire have so much fun this Christmas that it’s hard to get back to the humdrum of winter. Inspiration strikes, however, when Starfire’s otherworldly naiveté about Earth’s holiday seasons inspires her friends to create a Second Christmas — complete with a Second Santa — in a bid to get her to deck the halls for them all over again. Get into the second holiday spirit with new clips — including one exclusive to CA — as well as stills from tonight’s episode of Teen Titans Go! after the cut.
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.
Between Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen and its corresponding Supermutants action figure line circa 1996, theTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have a solid history of radical anime and toy treatment in Japan. Later this month toymaker Dreams Come True will contribute another awesome lawyer to the TMNT’s Japanese legacy by mashing up Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael with none other than Sanrio’s Hello Kitty. Meowabunga, dudes!
While top talent — as in, Moebius, Bruce Timm, Stan Sakai, just to name a few — have elevated Mattel’s Masters of the Universe toy, cartoon and movie franchise to something special, so far the closest thing a comic book creator had come to getting their own MOTU figure was sometime He-Man scribe Geoff Johns’ childhood creation Sir Laser Lot being produced. But, thanks to the magic of… being Stan Lee? Stan Lee, who has co-created scores of iconic Marvel super heroes in addition to curiosities like Stripperella — but has never had anything to do with MOTU — has received a new alter ego in the realm of Eternia by the name of Standor.
Considering the box office success of The Wolverine and the upcoming release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, few fans were worried about the seeming cinematic immortality (13 years is a long time!) of Hugh Jackman’s take on Marvel’s least-merry mutant. Still, fans will take comfort in Deadline‘s report that Jackman, along with The Wolverine director James Mangold, are both in negotiations to return for The Wolverine 2.
Sanrio’s Hello Kitty and Bandai’s long-running die-cast Chogokin toy line are both turning 40 next year, so they’re commemorating the occasion the only way that makes sense: teaming up for a righteous Hello Kitty mech action figure that, among other things, shoots rocket fists like Mazinger Z.
Even though Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats reboot never took off, the original animated series is retaining all of its nine lives with continued toys — this time from Funko. Lion-O, Cheetara, Panthro, Mumm-Ra and, yes, Snarf are all getting figures as part of the Pop! Vinyl line.
It’s almost Halloween and that means three things are on everyone’s mind, costumes, monsters and monster costumes. You could spend your entertainment hours trying to get your fill of all that jazz through conventional methods, but I propose the more efficient alternative of living vicariously through The Power Rangers — or as I like to call them, mankind’s single greatest collective contribution to existence. After all, with their constant costumed monster slaying, they deliver all of the Halloween hotness a human requires. Regardless of whether or not you agree with that line of completely unreasonable reasoning, you should nevertheless take note of this list of essential Power Rangers Halloween episodes to watch from the franchise’s various seasons (which are all available to watch instantly on Netflix, by the way) after the jump.