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Warbricks

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

What started as a small homeschool project for the basics of business development turned into Warbricks.com, a business selling high-quality, European-made military vehicle construction sets.

The sets are manufactured by Cobi, a Polish toy manufacturer which offers LEGO-like, brick construction sets. Cobi sets are largely based on authentic military vehicles, including tanks, planes, and ships, although they’ve also received licensing for some major passenger vehicle manufacturers, Boeing, and even Doctor Who. Plus, Cobi sets are fully-compatible with brick constructor pieces from other brands, so you’ll be able to use the parts from these sets in other builds.

In addition to selling the Cobi sets, Warbricks.com also provides a brief history of the actual vehicle the set is based on, detailed on each product page.

So, if you’re looking to add a few historic vehicle construction sets to your toy collection, or just have an appreciation for vintage military vehicles, then you may want to give Warbricks.com a look see.

warbricks.com

NERF is releasing Halo-themed Blasters for 2020

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020

NERF is no stranger to video game licensing for their blasters, but considering that Mattel’s BOOMCo line of blasters already held the Halo license, it’s kind of surprising that NERF would follow suit with their own Halo blasters. All the same, there are 100% licensed Halo NERF blasters coming out later this year, and, honestly, they’re pretty cool. Based on three of the most iconic weapons from the Halo franchise, the initial line of Halo blasters will consist of the following:

MA40 Assault Rifle

Unarguably the coolest of the new blasters, the MA40 is based on the latest iteration of the UNSC’s mainline MA5 series assault rifle (inexplicably chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO in the lore). This particular blaster features a battery-powered flywheel action, where darts can be fired semi-automatically from the included 10-round ‘clip’. This blaster is powered by four “C” batteries, and for those looking to play the upcoming Halo: Infinite, you’ll also get a code to unlock the MA40’s color scheme as a weapon skin in the game.

SPNKR Rocket Launcher

Reportedly part of NERF’s Micro Shots line, the SPNKR is more nominally based on its namesake, as this is just a handheld blaster, while the in-game version is a rocket launcher. The fact that it’s not a full-sized NERF rocket launcher is a bit disappointing. However, like the SPNKR, the NERF version chambers two darts, and fires them one after the other.

Needler

Finally, there’s the Needler, designated the Type-33 Guided Munitions Launcher by the UNSC. In-game, the Needler is a Covenant weapon that automatically fires strange crystalline projectiles with an inexplicable IFF function that hone in on enemies and explode after embedding in their flesh. As a NERF blaster, it’s part of the Micro Shots line, and fires a single dart at a time. At least this one is also a handheld weapon in the game it’s based on.

The Halo line of NERF blasters is slated for an October 2020 release, in line with the scheduled release of Halo: Infinite.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us

Star Wars The Vintage Collection – The Mandalorian Imperial Troop Transport Vehicle

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The Mandalorian is considered by many to be a return to form for Star Wars, so it’s appropriate that it gets a retro-inspired vehicle playset from Hasbro under their Kenner Star Wars Vintage Collection series. Based on the original 70’s Kenner Imperial Troop Transport, this new version is inspired by the troop transport featured in The Mandalorian Disney+ series, and features an impressively-detailed weathered paint job, along with opening doors and top hatch, a removable top, and a detailed interior.

Speaking of the interior, this is a troop transport, and it’s designed to carry a number of 3 3/4 inch scale Kenner Star Wars figures. While the product description itself doesn’t reveal the exact number of figures the set is designed for, a cursory glance implies up to 14 can be carried: two in the cockpit, six on the side carriages, and up to six in the rear bay, provided all six seats fold down. That’s pretty impressive, considering the original Troop Transport held up to 11 figures.

The Mandalorian Imperial Troop Transport Vehicle is currently up for pre-order on Entertainment Earth, with a March launch.

www.entertainmentearth.com/product/HSE7547

Sideshow Collectables – The Child Life-Size Figure

Thursday, January 30th, 2020

‘The Child’ aka ‘Baby Yoda’ is the breakout character in the recent ‘The Mandalorian’ Star Wars series. Given the character’s immense popularity, why wouldn’t Disney and Sideshow Collectables take the opportunity to release a $350 life-sized replica for all the fans to add to their collection? Coming in at 16.5″ tall, ‘The Child’ figure is made of plastic, resin, and fabric, with a tan fabric coat, and the shift knob from the Razor crest hidden away in its right hand. Like most Sideshow offerings, it’s available for pre-order for the initial release, with an estimated arrival between August and October of this year.

www.sideshow.com/collectibles/star-wars-the-child-sideshow-collectibles-400369

NERF – Fortnite Rocket Launcher

Friday, December 13th, 2019

While the excessive popularity of Fortnite escapes me, I do appreciate any cool dart blasters that come out to the market. And this clearly RPG-7 inspired Fortnite Rocket Launcher from NERF certainly fits the description of “cool dart blaster”.

Modeled after the rocket launcher in the game Fortnite, but more brightly colored and less detailed than the in-game model to better establish itself as a toy, this particular blaster is pump action and fires large NERF foam rockets, two of which come with the blaster.

It’s great to see another product in NERF’s comparatively limited line of large projectile blasters, and whether it’s kept as is, or customized with a paint job to better match the look of its name sake, this would be an awesome addition to any NERF war.

The Fortnite Rocket Launcher NERF Blaster is available from various NERF retailers.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-fortnite-rl-blaster

Super7 – Conan The Barbarian Ultimate Figure

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Super7 currently has pre-orders up on a line of Conan the Barbarian Ultimate Figures. Seen here is the titular hero, coming in at 7” tall, and featuring an impressively detailed sculpt and multiple points of articulation. Conan also comes with the following accessories:

Broken Father’s Sword
Katars Gauntlets
Alternate Head

Aside from Conan, Super7 is also offering Thulsa Doom, Rexor, and Thorgrim figures. These figures will be available for pre-order until December 31st, on Super7’s website:

Andre the Giant and Conan The Barbarian Ultimates Pre-Order Figures

Mondo – Half-Life 2 Gordon Freeman 1/6 Scale Figure

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

After over a decade since the last entry in the franchise, Valve Corporation has finally announced a brand-new chapter in the Half-Life saga: Half-Life 3 Half-Life: Alyx! And, what better way to celebrate than with a figure of everyone’s favorite theoretical-physicist-turned-surprisingly-capable combatant and freedom fighter, Gordon Freeman. This figure depicts Gordon as he appears in Half-Life 2, decked out in the updated HEV suit, and featuring 25+ points of articulation. Additionally, he comes with the following accessories:

– Gravity Gun with light-up feature
– Removable eyeglasses
– Crowbar
– Shotgun with pump action
– Handgun with removable clip
– 3 x Frag Grenades
– Pheropod
– 7 x Interchangeable hands
– Figure stand

The Mondo exclusive variant also comes with a headcrab.

At $200, it’s a bit pricey, but either variant’s sure to go quick, so you’ll want to jump on Mondo’s website right at Noon CT to have a shot at picking one up for yourself.

mondotees.com/blogs/news/new-half-life-gordon-freeman-1-6-scale-figure

LEGO – 1989 Batmobile

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Pay tribute to the Batman who killed goons on screen years before Batfleck in BvS with this LEGO Batmobile set. Designed specifically for older fans (it’s ages 16+ rated right on the box) this set is modeled after the batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film, and consists of just a hair over 3300 pieces. The completed model comes in at over 60cm long, and features a slide-open cockpit with brand-new wraparound windshield element introduced with this set. Two hidden machine guns can pop out by turning the turbine exhaust, and this Batmobile also features decorative grappling hooks on either side.

This set also marks the first appearance of three new exclusive minifigures: Batman (w/ new torso decoration), The Joker (w/ new face and torso decoration), and Vicki Vale (w/ new torso and legs), all modeled after their appearance in the 1989 Batman film, along with a brick-built display stand.

This set will be made available on November 29th, and can be pre-orded direct from LEGO at: www.lego.com/en-us/product/1989-batmobile-76139

Dart Zone Pro MK-1

Monday, November 4th, 2019

As what is probably not much of a surprise, there’s a pretty dedicated group of hobbyists who dabble in modified dart blasters, NERF and the like, to maximize the performance and range of their blasters. Well, a competitor to NERF, Dart Zone, a company which sells some pretty cool blasters of their own, decided to create the Dart zone Pro MK-1: a production blaster that incorporates many of the same features as these modified blasters, in what is a pretty sleek package.

The MK-1 consists of a upper receiver/front body with a pre-installed metal barrel, and a lower receiver, which quickly assembles together and is secured with metal pins. It’s action is stronger than a standard off-the-shelf blaster, which, when combined with specially designed darts, allows for accurate shots upwards of 150 feet, with a muzzle velocity of 150 feet/sec.

Simply put, it’s a hobbyist-level blaster right out the box. It also happens to be sold out at the time of writing. But, with how successful the limited run of MK-1 blasters has been, it’s possible there will be more to the Dart Zone Pro line in the future.

dartzoneblasters.com/dartzonepro

Rubber Band Minigun On Kickstarter

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The Rubber Band Minigun, a creation of Weaponized T-Rex, “a company which specializes in producing unique wooden goods”, is currently up for funding on Kickstarter. Featuring a CNC cut wood body, this M61 Vulcan-inspired rubber band gun is fully automatic and is powered by an onboard electric motor. It features 12 barrels with a maximum capacity of 144 shots, with a fire rate of 200 RPM and a range of up to 30 feet.

As shown in the image above, the Rubber Band Minigun can be had in either a pre-built or kit version, with no finish (bare wood) or with an acryclic black paint job.

At the time of writing, this project is just a bit below $400 shy of its funding goal, but with a project this cool, is that really a surprise?

You can check out the funding campaign page at the link below:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/wtrex/rubber-band-minigun

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Black Knight Deluxe Talking Premium Motion Statue

Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Much beloved and endlessly quoted, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a favorite film of mine, and I’m sure many of you readers share that sentiment. Which is why it’s totally worth bringing up this Holy Grail Black Knight talking motion statue. Coming in a 7.5″ tall, the Black Knight has removable arms (sadly/thankfully without the comical blood spray), and speaks 10 phrases straight from the film:

”Tis but a scratch”
”I’ve had worse”
”Ohh, ohh I see, running away ehh?… you yellow Bastard!”
”Come back ‘ere and take what’s coming to you… I’ll bite your legs off!”
”s’alright, we’ll call it a draw”
”It’s just a flesh wound”
”Have at you!”
”I’m invincible!”
”I move for no man!”
”None shall pass, none shall pass!”

As good an addition to your collectables shelf or work table as any.

Available for pre-order from EntertainmentEarth, with a release date of January 2020.

www.entertainmentearth.com/product/FT408390?id=CO-408272913

BOOMco DXD58 HALO UNSC MA5 Blaster

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

To my detriment, I haven’t been paying much attention to the Mattel BOOMco line of licensed Halo dart blasters, at least not since initially seeing them at San Diego Comic Con 2015. Which is a shame, too, because they’ve made some awesome additions to the line since then, such as this MA5 blaster. Based on the MA5 assault rifle from the Halo Series, this blaster feeds from a side loading 8-shot clip, and interestingly, it’s designed so that the user builds air pressure using the foregrip as a pump, and then the trigger can be held down to expend the entire clip in a full-auto fashion, which is pretty darn cool. It’s available in both blue and red, for team purposes.

BOOMco has also a Brute Spiker, which in the Halo games is an alien SMG of sorts that shoots molten hot spikes, and has dual blades that can be used to slash at enemies.

And even a blaster based on the M45D shotgun.

These and more BOOMco branded blasters can be found wherever Mattel products are sold.

Blast From The Past – The Arcus 3D-Printed Rubber Band Gatling Gun

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

A few years back, I briefly mentioned The Arcus, A 3D-Printed Rubber Band Gatling Gun. Since the original video was taken down or otherwise made unavailable, I’d say it’s worth a revisit.

As the title states, The Arcus is a rubber band Gatling gun, made with 3D-printed components. It fits over the forearm and is capable of discharging 48 rubber bands in seconds. Impressively, the gun has no external firing mechanism, aside from the initial trigger pull, as it’s powered entirely by the energy from the rubber bands that it shoots.

What’s also impressive is the design: the Arcus requires no adhesive or fasteners to construct; all the parts snap together, and it can freely and repeatedly be taken apart and reassembled. The parts themselves are designed to be printed without any supports, and all fit on a 200mm x 200mm print bed.

So, if you have an appropriate 3D printer, or access to one, and are looking for a cool new project that involves the rapid discharge of projectiles, then you may want to give The Arcus a try.

The full instructions and part files can be found at the link below:

www.instructables.com/id/The-Arcus-Fully-3D-Printed-Rubber-Band-Gatling-Gun

LEGO – Ultimate Collectors Series – Imperial Star Destroyer

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

LEGO will soon be releasing not just one of its largest Star Wars sets, but one of its largest sets yet released in general: the Imperial Star Destroyer ‘Devastator’ from the opening scene of Star Wars Episode 1: A New Hope. Consisting of almost 4800 pieces, this set is sized 14″ H x 43″ L x 26″ W fully constructed; 17″ high when set on its included display stand. It features swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, huge engine exhausts, and intricate surface detailing. While it’s designed so that it can be picked up and handled, this is one by its very nature that’s designed to go straight into a display case.

Unfortunately, the included Minifigures are a bit limited: you get an Imperial Officer and Imperial Crewmember, each with their own pistol weapons. However, the set comes complete with a scale model of the rebel Tantive IV ship, and a TIE Fighter, both of which can be set within the docking bay, which is pretty cool.

Check out the video below to see LEGO Senior Designer Henrik Andersen go over the set and his process for designing it:

The Imperial Star Destroyer ‘Devastator’ set releases October 1st, or September 18th for LEGO VIP members.

www.lego.com/en-us/product/imperial-star-destroyer-75252

Action Wheels – 24 Volt Thunder Tank Ride-On

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Thunder…Thunder…Thunder Tank, Ho!

This rideable tank from Action Wheels is seriously one of the coolest toys to come out in recent memory. Sized to fit up to two small children – it comes in at roughly 4 feet x 3 feet x 2 feet, with a recommended age range of 3+, and a total weight limit of 150 lbs, this Thunder Tank is powered by a 24 volt battery, and with two forward speeds and one reverse speed, can travel up to 5 MPH.

But it isn’t just for driving: it also has a manually rotating turret with working cannon, and a swivel machine gun with lights and sounds! The spring-loaded canon fires plastic shells, which are loaded by lifting a loading door on the barrel, and additional shells can be stored behind the driver on the rear end of the turret. Additionally, the Thunder Tank features red battle lights, authentic sounds that play from a speaker located on the turret seats, and ‘authentic’ design with decals throughout.

If you’re curious how it runs and sounds, check out some of the videos featuring it on YouTube; it’s seriously as cool as it sounds.

The Thunder Tank is available exclusively from Wal-Mart: www.walmart.com/ip/NEW-WALMART-EXCLUSIVE-24-Volt-Thunder-Tank-Ride-On-With-Working-Cannon-and-Rotating-Turret/204394575

Jasco Games is bringing an Evil Dead 2 board game to Kickstarter

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Las Vegas-based Jasco Games, designer and publisher of various types of tabletop and card games, has announced that they’re soon going to be putting an Evil Dead 2 board game up on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.

Here’s a bit of background that lead to this announcement: there was an earlier attempt by Bellingham, Washington-based Space Goat Productions to fund an Evil Dead 2 boardgame via Kickstarter. Unfortunately, despite funding from 6000+ backers, Space Goat revealed they would be unable to complete the game and had no concrete solution for the issue. Normally, that would be the end of it, the game would have fallen into obscurity, and all the backers of the original project would go empty-handed.

However, Jasco Games, in partnership with board game designers Lynnvander Studios, have obtained the board game rights for Evil Dead 2, and will be creating their own Evil Dead 2 board game. This new Evil Dead 2 board game, which is also going up on Kickstarter, will have some of the elements from the Space Goat game integrated into its design, and Jasco Games will also be donating a copy of this new game to a backer of the Space Goat version, for every copy funded in the new campaign.

It’s easy to recognize the irony in crowdfunding the revival of a game that failed to be created after its own crowdfunding campaign fell through. However, Jasco Games has a lot of great games based on famous properties under their umbrella, so they’re probably the best bet to actually seeing this project through.

Here’s a link to the official announcement: jascogames.com/jasco-games-looks-to-revive-evil-dead-2-the-official-board-game

Stay tuned for more info on the Kickstarter campaign when it goes live.

NERF Elite Titan CS-50

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

The Titan CS-50, which is due in stores starting in September, is an absolute monster of a dart blaster. Virtually the NERF equivalent of a minigun, the Titan CS-50 features a spinning barrel assembly, and feeds from a massive 50-round drum, which will initially be available only with this blaster. The fire rate is reportedly 8 rounds a second, so it’ll blow through its drum quick. It also requires 4 “D” batteries to run, and comes with a shoulder strap, because with a blaster this size, you’re gonna need one.

The drum mag alone is actually pretty cool. It has Elite branding on the front, and a clear plastic window on the rear so you can check your remaining darts. Additionally, the bottom of the mag has a skeltonized foot, so it can serve as a pesudo-monopod. And, although this isn’t a surprise, the drum looks to be fully compatible with all other Elite blasters on the market.

nerf.hasbro.com/en-us/product/nerf-elite-titan-cs-50-toy-blaster

Star Wars The Retro Collection Action Figures Wave 1

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Hasbro is releasing a Star War Retro Collection series of figures. Inspired by the original 70s Kenner 3.75″ Star Wars figures, the Retro Collection line will start with six figures:

– Luke Skywalker
– Princess Leia
– Han Solo
– Chewbacca
– Stormtrooper
– Darth Vader

True to their retro design, the figures will feature 6 points of articulation, and come in 6×9″ cardback packaging with faux aging. They also come with accessories comparable to the original Kenner line figures, such as Luke and Vader with their telescoping lightsabers, Chewie with his bowcaster, and Han with his blaster pistol.

www.entertainmentearth.com/product/star-wars-the-retro-collection-action-figures-wave-1-case-set-of-6/hse6255a

Marvel Legends Gamerverse Punisher War Machine Helmet Prop Replica

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

As part of Hasbro’s Marvel Legends prop line, they will be releasing a ‘GamerVerse’ Punisher War Machine Helmet prop, based on the Punisher in War Machine armor as seen in the video game ‘Marvel Future Fight’.

The helmet is 1:1 scale, and sized so that most adults should be able to wear it. It features a highly-detailed sculpt and paint job, with glowing LED eyes and electronic sounds. The faceplate is magnetized, so it can be attached and detached, which triggers the aforementioned eyes and sounds.

This is a retailer-exclusive release, so you’ll have to get it through Entertainment Earth. It’s up for pre-order now, with an expected release this coming October: www.entertainmentearth.com/product/marvel-legends-gamerverse-punisher-war-machine-helmet-prop-replica-exclusive/hse8679

Tim Mee Toys – 22 Inch Dominator Tank – Olive Drab

Saturday, April 27th, 2019

This is the Dominator M60A2 Battle Tank from US-based toy manufacturer Tim Mee Toys. Coming in sized at 18.75″ (22″ w/ barrel) x 8.25″ x 9.25″, the Dominator is deliberately sized for 3.75″ figures – like those from the 80s G.I. Joe line.

This is appropriate because the Dominator is actually a reproduction of a similarly named line of generic tanks manufactured by PROCESSED PLASTIC COMPANY (Tim Mee’s parent company) in the early 90s to work with the aforementioned Joe figures, and other similarly-sized action figures.

Made of Olive Green HDPE plastic, the Dominator features a fully-rotating turret, a commander’s cupola that rotates 90 degrees, a storage trunk, an elevating gun barrel, retractable hatches, and functioning wheels. This tank comes complete with a sticker sheet of reproduction patriotic stickers and shooting star graphics.

timmeeusa.com/collections/featured-items/products/jl-timmee-tank-dominator-olive

Parabellum Arms – M41A Pulse Rifle — Rubber band gun

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

YouTube channel Parabellum Arms shows of this amazing home-made rubber band gun modeled after the M41A Pulse Rifle wielded by the Colonial Marines of the Alien franchise. The gun was developed over two different iterations, which feature an underslung pump-action rubber band launcher (w/ faux shell ejection), and a main rubber band launcher that can feed from detachable magazines, and is capable of both semi and automatic fire (with a rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute). The M41A also features ambi sling mounts, and a telescoping stock.

You can check out more of Parabellum Arms’ creations on his YouTube channel, and buy plans of the guns via his Etsy shop.

IWA 19 – Something For The Kids From Kombat.UK

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

This post from SSD shows off a line of impressive kids playsets from Kombat.UK, mostly available in British Terrain Pattern (British MultiCam variant).

Kombat.UK showed a line of playsets for the junior commando in your life.

Spectre: Operations 2nd Edition

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Spectre: Operations 2nd Edition is a miniature-based tabletop wargame that is currently up for pre-order direct on the creator website. Designed for 2+ players, the game is designed around the use of 28mm miniatures, along with vehicles, the design of which was meticulously researched and supplemented with advice from military consultants. Additionally, all pre-orders will receive a limited edition operator miniature along with the rulebook.

www.spectreminiatures.com/products/spectre-operations

Nendoroid – PUBG The Lone Survivor

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Truthfully, I’m not much of a fan of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, or Battle Royale games in general, but I do recognize their popularity. That’s why this Nendoroid of The Lone Survivor, the faceless character of PUBG’s key art, caught my interest. A Nendoroid, for those who aren’t familiar, is like a Funko POP! figure, but better, because they’re more detailed and poseable, with multiple points of articulation. Such is the case with The Lone Survivor Nendoroid, who not only comes with the aforementioned articulation, but also has a helmet with a flip-up visor, and an AK, M9, and Frying Pan as accessories.

It’s currently available for pre-order from the Good Smile Company, with a planned release of September, 2019.

www.goodsmile.info/en/product/8079/Nendoroid+The+Lone+Survivor

Goonies Sloth and Chunk 8-Inch Scale Clothed Action Figure 2-Pack

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

The Goonies is a classic 80’s adventure film that I’m sure most of my readership is familiar with. If you’re not, now you know about it, so watch it; it’s entertaining, honest. NECA, noted manufacturers of toys based on movies (and games, and comics, and tv shows, etc.) is releasing a 2-pack of Sloth and Chunk from The Goonies as part of their clothed action figures line. As implied by the name of the line, the figures come with cloth outfits; Sloth is 8 inches tall with a pirate’s knife and hat, and Chunk is 5 inches tall with a pirate hat and replica David statue with a bit of… movie-accurate anatomical damage.

This set is scheduled to release September 2019.

www.entertainmentearth.com/product/goonies-sloth-and-chunk-8inch-scale-clothed-action-figure-2pack