LucasFilm and Disney have long had a very symbiotic relationship. It began when Star Tours first hit Disney parks in 1987 and ever since, Disney characters have dressed up as Star Wars characters, Star Wars actors have done events at Disney, Disney sells tons of Star Wars merchandise, you catch the drift. The latest collaboration between the two brands is a little more surprising however.
Star Wars Celebration VI is currently taking place in Orlando, Florida and at The Disney Collectors Panel it was revealed that the characters from Cars would soon be reimagined as Star Wars characters. Mater as Darth Vader. Lightning as Luke Skywalker, and so on. After the jump, check out a bunch of photos of the characters and discuss this financially sound, but creatively crazy idea. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
We’re looking forward to Wreck-It Ralph because it boasts an entertaining premise, top-notch comic talents, and fun imagery, but no doubt one of the aspects Disney execs are most excited for is the opportunity to sell a whole lot of branded toys this holiday season. While some recent blockbusters have struggled to find appropriate marketing tie-ins (sorry, but in no timeline do the Men in Black have anything to do with Baskin-Robbins), the merchandising opportunities for the video game-themed Wreck-It Ralph are practically built right in.
Disney unveiled its upcoming line of Wreck-It Ralph toys at their Holiday Gifts Preview event, and in the process introduced some more of the secondary figures who fill out Ralph’s universe. Get a glimpse of the new characters (in toy form) after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
Hollywood seems really into turning board games into movies at the moment, but inspiration apparently works the other way as well. Paramount and Hasbro have just announced a special The Godfather Collector’s Edition version of Monopoly, in celebration of the cinematic classic’s 40th anniversary.
While an R-rated gangster flick and a game you played as a kid may not sound like a match made in heaven, it makes an odd sort of sense. After all, Monopoly is all about gaining as much wealth and power as possible while ruthlessly tearing down your rivals — and who’s better at that than the Corleones? More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
You’d think that Battleship‘s dismal $25.5 million opening this past weekend would make Hollywood in general and Universal in particular wary of making more movies based on toys, but no: Universal is now in talks to acquire movie rights to Hero Factory, Lego’s line of robotic toys.
While no director has been named at this point, Predators scribes Michael Finch and Alex Litvak are already negotiating to write the script for the live-action feature, with Mike Gordon, Ben Forkner, and Dean Schneider on board to produce. More details after the jump.
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If you could have one prop from any movie, what would it be? For me, the answer is simple: Han Solo in Carbonite from The Empire Strikes Back. Since I was a child, I’ve purchased almost every toy and trinket related to that iconic image, up to and including the recently released Sideshow Collectible Premium Format Figure (above). But none of that compares to the awesome that awaits Star Wars fans who go to Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World this summer.
There, you can have yourself scanned and made into your very own personal, 3D toy of you frozen in carbonite. Read more after the jump. Read More »
There’s a special place in geekdom for fans who have the patience and skill to make Lego versions of their favorite movies. When a fan makes a real life version of a motorcycle or a working lightsaber, that’s obviously cool and impressive. But doing something similar in Lego feels so much more difficult. Most of the time there are no blueprints, no instructions, just your memory of the movie, knowledge of what Lego components are available and then the ability to not only find them all, but make them look exactly like what they’re doubling. It’s remarkable.
And this set might be the best one yet.
After the jump, check out a bunch of images of Lego renditions of scenes and ships from Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
I’ve talked before about the awkwardness of marketing a multimillion-dollar movie that rallies against overblown consumerism and mindless entertainment, but since no film as big as The Hunger Games gets made these days without an onslaught of tie-ins, the merchandise push continues. The latest Panem-themed product poised to hit shelves is Mattel’s Katniss Everdeen Barbie, who looks not at all like star Jennifer Lawrence but is dressed a lot like her. Check out the first pictures after the jump.
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I know what you’re thinking and you’re right. There have been a lot of Hoverboard posts here on the site in the last few weeks. My response to that, is, can there ever be enough? The Back to the Future Part II (and Part III, spoiler alert) prop is arguably the most discussed and desired in modern movie history and the company who “made” the one in the movie is finally, actually, making it. It’s been more than twenty years but Hoverboards are so hot right now.
Mattel is currently taking pre-orders on an authentic prop replica (with sounds but no hovering) and they let the web series Beyond the Marquee behind the scenes to learn about the creation of the awesome piece. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »