Collected News: May 13 – 19, 2013

Each week I’ll take a look at what toy (and related) news have been announced and share what news I’m most excited about!

New Doctor Who 3.75″ Scale Figures – Wave 1 by Underground Shows

New Doctor Who 3.75" Scale Figures - Wave 1 by Underground Toys

New Doctor Who 3.75″ Scale Figures – Wave 1 by Underground Toys

The majority of my toy collection these days consists of 6 – 7 inch scale action figures (such as Masters of the Universe Classics and DC Universe Classics by Mattel). However, I grew up playing  with the vintage Star Wars line by Kenner and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero line from the 1980s. I am still a fan of  the 3.75″ scale of action figures and pick up the occasional Marvel Universe character and other characters from other lines. I also a fan Doctor Who. I’m excited to learn that Underground Shows will be producing their new line of 3.75″ scale Doctor Who characters, scheduled to be released in July 2013!

Wave 1 will consist of the Eleventh Doctor, Clara Oswald, a Weeping Angel, an Ice Warrior, a Dalek and a Cyberman. Each figure will have a display base with it (except for the Dalek). It appears that there is not much for accessories to be included with the figures; the Doctor will have a sonic screwdriver and Clara will have purse.

I imagine that I will pick up a number of the Weeping Angel, Dalek and Cyberman figures to army build and match them up with my other 3.75″ figures. Hopefully other characters and new playsets can be added to this new Doctor Who 3.75″ scale line from Underground Shows!

In other news related to Doctor Who…

Doctor Who Season 7 Finale – “The Name of the Doctor” (Mini Review)

Doctor Who Season 7 Finale: "The Name of the Doctor"

Doctor Who Season 7 Finale: “The Name of the Doctor”

The season 7 finale of Doctor Who premiered on May 18, 2013. The episode’s title, “The Name of the Doctor”, teased Whovians whether the Doctor’s true name will be revealed or not.

In my opinion, this particular episode was one of the better ones in the second half of season 7 and does pays tributes to Classic Doctor Who. For the most part, I was satisfied how the episode unfolded and what was revelations were discovered. This episode ends on a cliffhanger, but fans have to wait until November 23, 2013 for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special for what may happen next. The following is a behind the scenes video with Matt Smith and David Tennant, discussing the upcoming special:

I speculating that new Doctor Who action figures will be released in relation to the 50th anniversary special (This reminds me that I still need to get a Tenth Doctor figure to add to my toy collection…). Hopefully a trailer will come sooner than later for the new special. (And I’m hoping that our local Empire Theatres can present the special on the big screen!)

And speaking of trailers…

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Official Trailer # 1

Coulson Lives? Intrigued? Excitied? Yes, yes and yes! Spinning off of the 2012 movie blockbuster, Marvel’s The Avengers, Joss Whedon brings S.H.I.E.L.D. to the small screen! (By the way, as you can see from the trailer, actor J. August Richards will be part of this new tv series. J. August Richards will also be one of the special guests at this year’s Hal-Con! Check out the complete Hal-Con guest list!) Television gets another new show based on comic books! Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D  premieres this fall on ABC!

And speaking of comic books…

East Coast Comic Expo 2013

East Coast Comic Expo 2013

East Coast Comic Expo 2013

The first ever East Coast Comic Expo (or ECCE) was held in Moncton, New Brunswick, on May 18, 2013!

From the event’s website: “East Coast Comic Expo is an all-ages, day-long convention organized by dedicated Fanboys and Fangirls to celebrate comic books and comic book culture. We have industry professional writers & artists joining us to celebrate, along with local vendors and many talented local creators and artisans as well.”

Guests included comic industry professionals Nick Bradshaw, Andy Belanger , Becky Cloonan, Troy Little, Brenda Hickey, Ramón Pérez and actor Robert Maillet.

I originally had plans to attend this event, but unfortunately could not make it. However, from what I have read on the event’s Facebook group page, the ECCE  was a success! Estimated number of attendees was 700, which was 200 more than organizers were expecting for this year. Many attendees commented on how great and friendly everyone was (from organizers, volunteers, artists, vendors, etc.).

Congratulations to the members of the ECCE! It’s great to know that is another fan convention available in Atlantic Canada. Hopefully I can make it next year.

Visit the East Coast Comic Expo website for more information.

What did I do last Saturday since I didn’t get to go to the East Coast Comic Expo?  Well, I went to the movies with friends…

Star Trek Into Darkness (Mini Review)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

Director J.J. Abrams’s follow up to his 2009 Star Trek movie, Star Trek Into Darkness, has the original cast returning (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, John Cho, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood) and are joined by actors Alice Eve and Benedict Cumberbatch (plus, to my surprise, Peter Weller)!

I am a fan of Star Trek since I was a kid; I can remember coming home after school and I would watch Star Trek re-runs on the CBC channel. I was really impressed and grateful as a fan for what J.J. Abrams, cast and crew did with the 2009 Star Trek movie: original Star Trek continuity was still intact but they gave fans something new but familiar at the same time. I admit that I had stayed away from seeing any of the following trailers or tv spots after the first official trailer was released. I also did not read other news sites that could have potentially spoiled this movie for me. (The only thing that might have possibly spoiled any information about the movie was when I saw the new Kre-O Star Trek products at my local Walmart, which I will be getting most of them to add to my toy collection).

Star Trek Into Darkness delivers the goods for the most part for Star Trek fans. There are lots of call backs to the original Star Trek stories that Trekkies/Trekkers will enjoy. Certain character relationships are developed further (which will remind fans of what the Star Trek The Original Series characters had before on the tv show and movies). I felt a stronger sense of family with this crew/cast in this story. Just about everyone of the principal actors got their moment(s) to shine in the movie. I did not have any issues with the updates made in the alternate timeline that J.J. Abrams had developed with this current cast of actors. Still lots of laughs and action, plus the special effects were great too. My favorite parts of the movie: Characters played by Benedict Cumberbatch (great acting) and Peter Weller (I was not expecting him to be in this movie, but I’m happy that was included), and the last third of the movie (action packed)!

I highly recommend everyone to see Star Trek Into Darkeness in theatres!

That’s it for this week, friends! Have a good week! (Now it is time to open up those Kre-O Star Trek Blind Bag Figures I bought last Sunday from my local Toys R Us…)

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