Funko released advance images of several new lines of toys for this week’s London Toy Fair 2017. The highlight of the images include two lines of figures from Twin Peaks, plus figures from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Ghost in the Shell, and Donnie Darko, among others. The nice sculpt of Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks will be a must for fans of the classic series who are looking forward to this year’s sequel series on Showtime. The preview photo does not include what accessory will accompany Cooper. A doughnut? A cup of coffee? A piece of pie? His voice recorder? We’re betting on the coffee.
Another big win is a Funko Dorbz figure of everyone’s third favorite fictional rabbit, Frank from Donnie Darko. The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2, Funko Pop! line includes new characters like
And here is a look at the Funko Pop! version of blue-haired Scarlett Johansson’s lead borg character Major from Ghost in the Shell:
The Funko ReAction Twin Peaks action figures are hopefully only a taste of what is to come. The first round includes Cooper, the Log Lady, Bob the killer, and dead Laura Palmer (eww):
If you’re not a Kurt Russell, please avert your eyes and come back later.
A big Kurt Russell project is coming your way this year. Director John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China and his Escape from New York will see a dream mash-up only the way BOOM! Studios could do it. Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York will become a six-part crossover comic book series in the Fall.
Written by Greg Pak with artwork by Daniel Bayliss, your favorite swaggering truck driver Jack Burton (played by Kurt Russell in 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China) will be teleported to the bleak future of 1997, where he meets the Man with No Name-inspired, eyepatch-wearing Snake Plissken (also played by Kurt Russell, in 1981’s Escape from New York). Check out the two variant covers for Issue #1:
And here is the full poster together:
Tomorrow is Wednesday, and that means a new volley of comic books is coming to your local comic book store. Today we have previews of several new issues. From IDW Publishing we have Star Trek: Manifest Destiny, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bebop & Rock Steady, Popeye Classics and Donald Duck. From Dynamite Comics we have Xena: Warrior Princess, Vampirella, and Gold Key Alliance. From BOOM! Studios we have Adventure Time, Big Trouble in Little China, and Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy.
So wait no further–check out more than 65 pages of previews of the next issues of all of these titles after the break:
Today we have another big sampler of comic book previews for books hitting comic book stores everywhere tomorrow, on Comic Book Wednesday.
We have previews today with something for anyone and everyone and we’re previewing many books that have been around for a few issues in case you missed them. It’s always easy to request back issues from your local comic book shop. So look for previews below from Dynamite Comics, IDW Publishing/Archaia, BOOM! Studios, and Dark Horse Comics.
Don’t miss out on Red Sonja/Conan, Star Trek, Big Trouble in Little China, Zombies v. Robots, Transformers v G.I. Joe, Barb Wire, The Shadow, Cluster, Broken World, and Swords of Sorrow. And don’t forget to look for the Adam Hughes cover art for Barb Wire and Alex Ross cover art for Red Sonja/Conan.
Without further ado, here are this week’s previews:
The Renaissance of movie and TV tie-in action figures arrived in 2013 with Funko’s classic Kenner-style ReAction figure line. Other companies focus on single licensed figures and getting the likenesses spot-on, but Funko’s diversification of lines meant everyone could find something that fit their personal niche at an affordable price point. A true throwback series, one of the overlooked features of the line is the incredible variety of no-names-taken, classic kick-ass heroines represented.
In fact you can find here the top of the world’s best, in-your-face, take-no-prisoners, genre heroines. Buy them for yourself, for your friends, or get your favorite as a totem to inspire you each day from your desktop. And where the early sculpts in Funko’s line admittedly looked nothing like the actresses that made the roles famous, the new lines have only improved. And nobody has better packaging designs than the ReAction line.
Who would you add to the Funko roster of heroines? Compare your list to our more than 85 suggestions for future kick-ass women action figures below.
First, check out this Baker’s Dozen of our favorites in the current Funko pantheon:
Forty seconds into “Vortex,” the opening track on John Carpenter’s new album Lost Themes, and you’re already caught up in a 1980s thriller. You don’t know for certain who is doing the chasing and who is being chased, but you get the feeling you are the one running. Are you Roddy Piper in They Live? Stevie Wayne in The Fog? Jack Crow in Vampires?
Carpenter, known for composing 16 of the soundtracks for major films he directed, has released his first solo album, on the Sacred Bones Records label, full of tracks that could be scores for future–or lost–films, films only Carpenter could make.
You’re dropped into what could only be the aftermath of Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness with the second track, “Obsidian.” There, behind the old tenement. Jameson Parker’s Brian Marsh awakens from a dream in the alley. His girlfriend is back and this time she made her way through the portal of green goo into our time. Again, it’s time to run. And then there’s a shift. In fact, in 8 minutes an entire story plays out. Carpenter’s trademark pulsating synthesizer rampage and unapologetic steely trumpet solo is cheering on our hero in an honest to goodness rock ‘n’ roll hero anthem.
We get some relief in “Fallen.” Maybe Karen Allen’s Jenny Hayden is helping our lost friend as he returns from afar in a lost soundtrack to Starman? Maybe it’s the return of The Thing or the theme of the ice cream man in Assault on Precinct 13. Whichever, Carpenter knows the soundtrack of someone strange amongst us. Think classic 1950s sci-fi meets the 1980s.
You can’t help but get that hollow feeling at the opening of the next track, “Domain.” Uncertainty? Maybe. But it’s a trick, juxtaposed against something. Someone hopeful, someone optimistic leads the way this time, almost in a Sam Jones Flash Gordon sci-fi/fantasy montage, replacing Eddie Mercury with our eminent director composer. The themes here are new for Carpenter, no Snake Plissken, no Jack Burton. This is an entirely new sound and perhaps the unmade movie he makes us want to see the most.
Last month the CEO for Funko released a hefty list of licenses that will be getting the retro-Kenner action figure treatment this year, as reported on here and here at borg.com. The licensed properties include the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jaws, Terminator 2, Aliens, The Dark Crystal, E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial, Fight Club, Gremlins, Breaking Bad, The Fifth Element, V for Vendetta, Scarface, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Big Lebowski, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The A-Team, and The Munsters, among others.
For action figure collectors, one of the most requested films for the ReAction line, especially in light of last year’s release of Escape from New York figures, was that other John Carpenter film starring Kurt Russell, the cult classic Big Trouble in Little China.
And Funko has just released final images of the figures and packaging for six figures from the film, and what great picks! Best of all, 85-year-old, Minnesota-born, Golden Age of TV actor James Hong finally gets his own action figure, as Lo Pan!
Last week we reported on Funko CEO Brian Mariotti’s “12 Days of Christmas” daily blog posts revealing the company’s new product offerings for 2015. This included the increasingly successful Kenner-inspired, ReAction retro action figure line, which has spread like wildfire now that the various lines are hitting the masses thanks to Barnes & Nobles carrying the products in stores. Mariotti revealed last week that 2015 will see new action figure series for the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Jaws, Terminator 2, The Dark Crystal, Gremlins, Breaking Bad, and Boondock Saints.
Today Mariotti revealed the rest of the licensed properties that will be turned into carded 3 3/4 inch action figures by the end of next year. As we had hoped, one of those properties is John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. But now we know of twelve others.
So what are the rest? Drumroll, please…
Back in July, BOOM! Studios announced that Snake Plissken would be back. One of John Carpenter’s best, the 1981 sci-fi flick Escape from New York went on to have a rather bleh sequel with 1996’s Escape from L.A. BOOM! is returning to the classic we all love with its continuing story of the action anti-hero with the eye patch in its new Escape from New York series.
Writer Christopher Sebela (Ghost, Alien vs. Predator) and artist Diego Barreto (Planet of the Apes, Irredeemable) along with cover artists Declan Shalvey, Jay Shaw, and Alice X. Shang will be telling the new tales of this loner in a future Earth’s World War III.
Following on the heels of its first John Carpenter-Kurt Russell team-up monthly ‘zine, BOOM! Studio’s successful Big Trouble in Little China series, Escape from New York should satisfy our desire for more stories from the John Carpenter ‘verse.
BOOM! Studios is continuing two fun retro-series this week based on classic 1980s movies. First, Big Trouble in Little China, based on the John Carpenter movie starring Kurt Russell, continues the crazy antics of Jack Burton in San Francisco’s Chinatown. And Robocop: Dead or Alive You’re Coming With Me is the latest RoboCop continuation series.
Big Trouble in Little China is written by John Carpenter and Eric Powell, with artwork by Brian Churilla and colorist Michael Garland. RoboCop is written by Joshua Williamson, with artwork by Carlos Magno and colorist Marissa Louise.
After the break you’ll find previews for Big Trouble in Little China, issue #3, and RoboCop, Issue #2, courtesy of BOOM! Studios. Both will be released tomorrow, August 6, 2014.