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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Five Action Figures We'd Love To See From NECA

Anyone who follows us here at Infinite Earths knows how much we love NECA. Founded in 1996, the New Jersey based company is responsible for some of the most amazing collectibles from such iconic licenses as Alien, Predator, Godzilla, Marvel and DC Comics.

While they've accomplished the impossible on numerous occasions and made some of our wildest action figure dreams come true, we recently started thinking about some of the action figures we'd love to see NECA take a crack at from across their numerous licenses.

And so, what follows now is a glimpse at five action figures we'd love to see from NECA. We're not saying that any of these figures will necessarily get made, but it never hurts to dream, right?

#1 - Killer Croc Xenomorph - Created by Dr. Fortune in Batman/Aliens Vol. 2 from DC Comics and Dark Horse Comics, the Killer Croc Xenomorph was a hulking beast created using the DNA of Arkham inmate Waylon Jones. An uncontrollable monster who ended up killing his creator, the Killer Croc Xenomorph is the ultimate example of why these two franchises mesh so well. We'd love to see an action figure if this creature from NECA, either on its own, or in a two-pack with Batman. Granted, the end product would be massive, but if there is anyone out there who can fully capture every last detail of this terrifying hybrid, it's the artisans at NECA. Now, this beastie may never happen, but it's something we've been hoping to get for quite some time - especially since Toy Fair 2017, when the company literally blew our minds by revealing a new series of DC Versus sets.

#2 - Space Marine Hicks - We've gotten updated versions of Ripley and Vasquez based off of their classic Kenner action figures, so here's hoping a Space Marine version of Hicks isn't too far behind. We had the original action figure growing up, so it holds a special place in our hearts. Looking at the image below, we're assuming the recent 30th Anniversary Hicks figure from the 2-pack with Hudson could be repainted to more closely resemble the classic Kenner figure, with a few small tweaks here and there to really make it perfect. Oh, and let's hope if NECA does decide to make this figure, they'll still include an updated version of the capture claw - yeah, it made no sense on the Kenner figure, but it's just too cool not to carry over for an updated version. It'd be a great online offering for Alien Day, but we'd  absolutely love to see the figure released well before that!

#3 - Godzilla 2000 - NECA has proven time and again that you don't need to pay exuberant prices to get yourself a really descent Godzilla figure - and here's hoping they'll be adding the Millennium edition of the King Of The Monsters to their Godzilla line in the very near future. Redesigned for a new generation, Godzilla 2000 features terrifying spines running down its back and an angular, saurian maw bristling with dagger-like teeth. This was the version of Goji that restored many a fans faith in the famous Toho monster following the disappointment that was Roland Emmerich's Godzilla movie. In short, this was a great redesign that would look great in 6" scale. It was a unique look only seen on screen one time here in North America, so why not forever encase this classic redesign in plastic?

#4 - Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice Batman - Okay, we know that NECA gave us an excellent version of Batfleck in 1/4 scale early last year, but we'd absolutely love to see them release a 7" version of the newest big screen Batman. Overall, most of the 7" Batfleck figures have been extremely disappointing, and if you want to get something half descent, you'd better be willing to shell out some extra coin to someone like DC Collectibles or Medicom. NECA has given fans a small selection of cool 7" DC Universe action figures, and they need to show the world how you do a proper 7" action figure of the best Batman to ever grace the silver screen! Toss in some interchangeable hands, a grapnel gun and a couple of batarangs, and you've got a Batman figure that DC Comics fans are sure to go nuts over.


#5 - Green Lantern vs. Alien 2-Pack - This past February at New York Toy Fair, NECA surprised us all with a new line of DC Versus 2-packs featuring iconic heroes taking on the likes of Aliens and Predators in homage to the awesome 90's crossovers between DC and Dark Horse. We've already seen sets featuring Batman and The Joker Alien, Superman and a Xenomorph and Batman and a Predator, so how long until we get a 2-pack featuring Green Lantern and an Alien? Based off of the four-issue comic book series from Ron Marz and Rick Leonadi, the story sees Kyle Rayner and a small team of Green Lanterns attempting to rescue the crew of a crashed ship from a hive of vicious Xenomorphs. It'd be an awesome set for Alien and DC Comics fans and would be a perfect addition to the DC Versus line.
Honorable Mention - Archie vs. Predator Yautja  - The Predator line is pretty much spot on, but we just had to throw this one in for kicks! Another great example of a Predator crossover, this particular figure needs to include an unmasked face, wrist blades, shoulder cannon and a severed Jughead skull. Interestingly, we spoke to Randy Falk over at NECA about transforming this Yautja into a 7" action figure, but that was nothing more than a humorous and enjoyable conversation, and nothing more. Still, it'd definitely make for a funny conversation piece, that much is for sure.
Now, we're in no way saying we're dissatisfied with the selection of NECA figures, or anything like that. Honestly, we have an excellent relationship with many of those who work at NECA, including Randy Falk and Summer Mullins. All we really wanted to do here was sit back and let our imaginations run wild with what could be.
We hope you enjoyed reading this article as much as we did writing it.
What figures would you love to see NECA take a crack at?
Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!
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Ridley Scott Doesn't Think Alien 5 Will Happen

A few years back, District 9 director Neill Blomkamp got a lot of fans excited over a project that he was quite keen to get off the ground - Alien 5.

The movie would serve as a direct sequel to James Cameron's Aliens and effectively ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection in favour of a new story set to follow Ellen Ripley, Cpl. Dwayne Hicks and Newt several years after the 1986 sequel.

Shortly after the release of 2012's Prometheus, Ridley Scott was attached to the project as an executive producer. Additionally, series stars Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn confirmed the sequel was indeed happening and both were attached to star.

Then, things changed.

Fox pushed Blomkamp's sequel to the backburner in favour of Alien: Covenant. In the months that followed, fans became less and less convinced that the movie was going to happen, despite assurance that Alien 5 was simply on hold for the time being.

Then, early in 2017, Blomkamp took to Twitter to inform fans that there was only a slim chance that his project would be getting made - especially after it was announced that Ridley Scott was planning additional sequels to 2012's Prometheus that would eventually bridge the gap between the recent prequel and 1979's Alien.

Now, speaking with French magazine Allocine, Ridley Scott has revealed exactly what happened with Alien 5, a project he feels simply isn't going to be happening.

"I think it will never see the light. There was never a scenario, just an idea that evolved into a pitch of ten pages, I had to participate as a producer but it did not go any further because the Fox decided that they did not want to do it. I had already done Prometheus and worked on Covenant."

This is a little surprising given what James Cameron said last July: "I think it works gangbusters. He shared it with me, and I think it’s a very strong script and he could go make it tomorrow. I don’t know anything about the production, and I don’t know what Ridley [Scott]’s doing. But hopefully there’ll be room for both of them. Like parallel universes."

We're inclined to agree with Cameron and we must admit that Scott's words have us a little upset.

Here's hoping we'll hear more on the project soon.

Source: Allocine

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Fantasy Becomes Reality With These New Boss Fight Studio Figures

The wait for the next series of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. action figures is almost over!

Straying away from the Ancient Mythology theme of Series 1, Boss Fight Studio is turning fantasy into reality with Series 2. Included in the new Fantasy assortment will be the Knight Of Accord, Elven Archer, Cave Faerie and Orc Conqueror.

Each figure will stand 4" tall, feature multiple points of articulation and include multiple accessories - including weapons, interchangeable heads, removable armour and more!

Check out the entire first wave of Series 2 posted below...

These look absolutely fantastic! The detail is superb and we're loving the fact that Boss Fight Studio has upped the customization options with this new assortment thanks to those interchangeable parts!

If you're a fan of the works of Tolkien, or a Medieval history buff, this new line of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. is sure to be right up your alley! And we're betting collectors of the previous Ancient Mythology line will be quite eager to add these amazing little action figures to their collections.

The first wave of Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Fantasy figures will be going up for pre-order over on the official Boss Fight Studio website Monday, May 1st at 12:01am EST.

And, as an added bonus, anyone who orders all four figures throughout the month of May will also receive a $5 gift card - limited to one gift card per order.

Will you be ordering the Vitruvian H.A.C.K.S. Fantasy figures tomorrow?

Source: Boss Fight Studio

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Six New Wonder Woman Stills Are Here

Mere days after releasing a set of TV spots for Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. has released six brand new stills from the highly anticipated superhero film.

All six images can be seen below, featuring Steve Trevor taking aim, Diana going shopping with Etta, some glimpses behind the scenes and more.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis, Wonder Woman arrives in theatres on June 2nd.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

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Fate Of The Furious Speeds Past $1-Billion Worldwide

The Fate Of The Furious drove past the $1-Billion mark today, hitting the breaks at $1.06-Billion to finish off its third week in theatres. Here in North America, the F. Gary Grey film has raked in $192.7-Million, while the high octane action flick has amassed $867.6-Million.

The film has become the fifth title in Universal's 105 year history to cross $1-Billion. The eighth chapter of the popular franchise joins  the likes of Jurassic World, Furious 7, Minions and Jurassic Park at the very top of studio’s box office pantheon.

When the movie opened on Easter weekend, The Fate Of The Furious earned the biggest global opening of all time with a massive $542-Million, in the process setting a new opening weekend benchmark as the largest three-day launch ever.

Overall, the film has already out-grossed the international lifetime totals of the first six Fast And Furious movies and has also become the highest-grossing film from an African American director ever, the highest grossing film at the international box office of 2017 and the 10th highest grossing title overall.

Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, and Charlize Theron, The Fate Of The Furious is playing in theatres now.

How many times have you seen it?

Source: Deadline

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Passes $100-Million

James Gunn's Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opens here in North America on Friday, and its already banked over $100-Million in cold, hard cash.

The highly anticipated superhero sequel opened in 37 international territories this weekend, where it took in a very healthy $101.2-Million. Aside from opening in North America next week, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 will also debut in China, Korea and Russia.

The movie brought in $15.5-Million from the United Kingdom, $11.6-Million in Australia, $8.3-Million in Germany, $7.9-Million in France and $7.6-Million over in Mexico.

The first Guardians Of The Galaxy opened back in the summer of 2014 and, despite being a relatively unknown property at that time, the cosmic adventure would become a runaway hit for Marvel Studios, ending its theatrical run with $773-Million.

Here in North America, the sequel is tracking to open in the $130-Million-$150-Million range.

Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Rosenbaum, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opens May 5th.

Source: Variety

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Audi Lunar Rover Debuts in New Alien: Covenant Promo

A brand new promo for Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant has arrived, this one a cross promotion between 20th Century Fox and German automotive manufacturer Audi.

The new promo, which can be seen in the player below, focuses on Audi's Lunar Quattro, a concept rover that will be making its debut in the highly anticipated sequel. The Lunar Quattro can be seen onboard the Covenant seeking out an unidentified lifeform while en route to paradise.

Check out the suspenseful promo posted below...

Audi presents a suspenseful short film featuring the Audi lunar quattro as an integral part of the Alien: Covenant colonization mission. Besides providing exploration and research support, it also patrols the ship for unseen dangers. One night, an unidentified presence in the ship’s Terraforming Bay prompts it to investigate what might be lurking in the dark.

Alien: Covenant hits theatres on May 19th.

Source: Audi USA

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Logan Heads Back To Theatres Next Month

Last month, director James Mangold confirmed that a black and white version of Logan would be seeing release on Blu-Ray and DVD. Now, he has also confirmed that a monochromatic version of the popular X-Men spinoff will be released into theatres next month.

"Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th," Mangold tweeted. "Won't be on a TV. And the answer is no. To make a great B&W version of a film, the whole thing's gotta be regraded & timed shot by shot," he added.

While this is very exciting news, fans outside of the United States won't be able to see the movie on the big screen, as it is only due for release in U.S. theatres.

Logan was released n theatres back in March and went on to gross $604-Million worldwide.

It also marked the last time Hugh Jackman would portray the Marvel Mutant on the big screen.

Source: James Mangold

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The Joker Returns In New Injustice 2 Trailer

Thought to be dead, The Clown Prince Of Crime is back, looking to haunt the lives of those touched by his madness. And this time, he looks to be taking some inspiration from Jared Leto's portrayal of the character in David Ayer's Suicide Squad.

Check out the newest trailer for Injustice 2 and meet the Joker all over again...

Though killed by Superman, the Joker continues to haunt the lives of all those touched by his madness. By destroying Metropolis, he set the events in motion which made enemies of Superman and Batman. If he were alive to see the chaos he’d created, he would surely be smiling.

Injustice 2 continues the epic cinematic story introduced in Injustice: Gods Among Us as Batman and his allies work towards putting the pieces of society back together while struggling against those who want to restore Superman’s regime. In the midst of the chaos, a new threat appears that will put Earth’s existence at risk. Players can play from the biggest DC roster ever offered in a fighting game, from classic fan favorites such as Batman, Superman, Supergirl and Aquaman, to astonishing new villains like Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd, and Deadshot. Battles will take place across arenas that have evolved in scale and span across iconic locations such as Metropolis, Gotham City and Atlantis.

Injustice 2 arrives for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16th.

Source: Injustice

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