Stay Puft New York City

The 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters seemingly reached its climax last week when a new film was finally announced. And while the news was not what most expected to hear, the timing couldn’t have been better. All year, fans had been celebrating the 1984 comedy classic with art shows, events, screenings, donuts and more. A new movie, reboot or not, seemed like perfect cherry on top.

Now it looks like we’re putting some marshmallow on top of that cherry. A brand new Stay Puft Ghostbusters vinyl has been revealed that not only looks, but also smells like marshmallows. The deluxe double-12″ single set also includes some cool lenticular images, two songs and more. The limited edition release is now available for pre-order. Read more below. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy Groot Watermark

At long last, our prayers have been heard. Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that an officially licensed dancing baby Groot toy is heading to stores just in time for Christmas (or the year-end gift-giving event of your choice). And we’re not talking about another bobblehead or model kit. This one is the one fans have been clamoring for ever since Guardians of the Galaxy grooved its way into our hearts this summer.

Hit the jump for details on the official dancing baby Groot toy.

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joe quesada Star Wars 1

This is a jam-packed edition of Star Wars Bits. We’ve got real Star Wars Episode VII news, rumors, toy information, book excerpts, and even mobile game updates. Below, read about the following.

  • John Williams will start working on Star Wars Episode VII in two weeks.
  • Read about some of the work Phil Tippett might be doing on Episode VII.
  • Oscar Isaac has finished his work on Star Wars Episode VII.
  • See Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hit the town together.
  • Read the ominious opening crawl of the new novel Tarkin.
  • Star Wars authors can still use Expanded Universe bits.
  • A new creature from Star Wars Episode VII is described.
  • Some mysterious new characters are revealed in latest Star Wars Lego images.
  • Watch a video of the new Lego Slave 1.
  • Star Wars mobile game Tiny Death Star has been taken off line while Angry Birds gets a Star Wars Rebels update.
  • Possible descriptions of Han Solo‘s outfits in Star Wars Episode VII.

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harry potter comic header

Harry Potter is a story that’s going to pass through the generations. Like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings before it, J.K. Rowling’s books and movies about a boy wizard destined to save the world have cemented themselves into history. They’re almost our version of cave drawings, which leads us to this new Potter creation.

Artist Lucy Knisley took all seven Harry Potter books – thousands of pages – and boiled it down to one single comic strip. A long comic strip, but a comic strip none the less. It’s pretty excellent. Check out the full Harry Potter comic below. Read More »

star wars toy documentary

One of the best/worst things about being a Star Wars fan is the merchandise. There’s just so much of it. You can try and avoid it, tell yourself you aren’t going to buy it, but eventually someone is going to make that exact piece you’ve always dreamed about and you have to have it. That’s because, in one of the most famous business deals ever, George Lucas turned down a significant chunk of his salary on the original film in exchange for rights to any Star Wars sequels and merchandising. Before the movie came out, that seemed like a no-brainer for the studio. This movie was never making money. Now, over 30 years removed, merchandise makes way more money than the movies, to the tune of billions of dollars.

Toys are at the center of that empire of Star Wars merchandise. Toys you almost certainly owned as a child and beat into submission as you saved the world time and time again. Toys now sold in specialty shops for so much money you kick yourself for destroying them in your childhood. And when there’s a topic so specific yet so universal and fun, it’s bound to prompt a documentary.

Enter director Brian Stillman and a film called Plastic Galaxy, which “explores the groundbreaking and breathtaking world of Star Wars toys. Through interviews with former Kenner employees, experts, authors, and collectors, it looks at the toys’ history, their influence, and the fond and fervent feelings they elicit today.” Um, yes please.

The film is currently streaming exclusive on Vimeo. Below, watch a trailer and learn more. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy vinyl

The fact that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was such a big box office hit was a huge surprise on its own. It was only eclipsed by the success of its soundtrack. The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack hit #1 on the Billboard charts and is certified Gold, with sales over 500,000. Pretty impressive for an album consisting only of previously released songs. In fact, it’s the first such album to ever hit #1.

Now, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack gets taken up a notch. Mondo is releasing it on vinyl with art by the awesome Tyler Stout. The Guardians of the Galaxy vinyl is currently available for pre-order and comes with a randomly inserted handbill.

Below, see the front and back cover art as well as all the handbills. Read More »

Removed at request of the artist

Fan art isn’t just for the consumers, its also for the creators. Joshua Viers, a concept art illustrator who formerly freelanced at Industrial Light and Magic, sent us a look at a serious of Star Wars concept art illustrations he has created just for fun. Sorry, these aren’t for Star Wars Episode 7 or a new video game, although they have the professional quality and polish of something you’d find in the real thing. Hit the jump to see more of Joshua Viers Star Wars concept art.

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Joshua Budich anime art

If you’re in the continental US, it’s hard to get closer to Japan than San Francisco. That makes the Bay City the perfect place for artist Joshua Budich‘s first solo show Otaku Obscura, a tribute to the art of Japanese animation. Opening October 4 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, Budich has created 28 brand new prints based on some of the most famous and popular anime of all time. Films like Akira, My Neighbor Totoro, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ghost in the Shell, Princess Mononoke and Cowboy Bebop.

Below, we’ve got just some of the gorgeous pieces of Joshua Budich anime art that’ll appear in the show including a /Film exclusive. Check them out below. Read More »

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