Mondo Iron Giant Soft Vinyl Figure

Everyone’s favorite giant robot with a heart – now as a soft vinyl figure! In collaboration with Unbox Industries, this figure features 10 points of articulation and stands 10.5″ tall. Comes in a polybag with a card topper.

The Mondo Iron Giant Vinyl Figure will go on sale today (9/19) at a random time via mondotees.com.

Iron Giant Soft Vinyl Figure
Material: Vinyl, PVC.
Approx. 10″ in Height
Weight: Approx. 1 lb.
Artists: Unbox Industries.
Expected to Ship in November 2019
$80

Iron Giant Soft Vinyl Figure (Mondo Exclusive)
This version includes a switch-out “War” head and arm.
Material: Vinyl, PVC
Approx. 10″ in Height
Weight: Approx. 1 lb.
Artists: Unbox Industries
Edition of 300
Expected to Ship in November 2019
$85

Iron Giant Soft Vinyl Figure – Designer Con Variant (Artist Proof)
This version, exclusive to DesignerCon 2018
Features color deco paying homage to Japanese Machinder figures
These are Artist Proofs with only 20 pieces available
Material: Vinyl, PVC
Approx. 10″ in Height
Weight: Approx. 1 lb.
Artists: Unbox Industries
$150

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How Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns Brought Grit Back To Batman

The Dark Knight Returns reshaped the comic book industry; introducing an older, grizzled, beaten Bruce Wayne as he tries to save Gotham City once more. Scenes ripped straight from the pages can be seen in the movie Batman v Superman and the dark, gritty tone permeates the DNA of The Dark Knight and The Joker. The 1986 four-issue miniseries written and drawn by Frank Miller has sold over one million copies and is still heralded to this day. The book DC Comics: A Visual History calls The Dark Knight Returns “arguably the best Batman story of all time,” which “revolutionized the entire genre of superhero.”

“I took a sanitized version of a tough character and took him closer to his 1940s roots,” Frank Miller told Newsweek at an unveiling event for a black and white statue based on the suit Batman wore in The Dark Knight Returns at FAO Schwarz in Rockefeller Center. The 62-year-old veteran cartoonist was signing autographs for fans, juxtaposed between greeters in toy soldier outfits and ceramic statues of Paw Patrol.

The comic veteran known for 300, Sin City, Daredevil and countless other dark tales, had a hand in reinventing the identity of Batman after Adam West had turned him into a joke. All it took was a four issue-comic book miniseries.

“I was an artist possessed with a story and an artist doing a job,” Miller said.

In 1939, National Comics published Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of Batman. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, the caped crusader was very unlike the icon we know now, 80 years later. He carried a gun and didn’t hesitate using it to shoot down criminals. Early Batman was more a pulpy crime thriller than a collection of super hero heroics. As the Golden Age turned to the Silver Age, Bruce Wayne’s gritty demeanor started to fold into fluffy Americana, featuring wackier story lines and his sidekick, Robin the Boy Wonder.

“Batman started out really dark and grim, he was killing people,” Jim Fletcher, the Creative Director of DC Entertainment, said at the event. “Then you go into the 60s when he’s goofy and he stays like that for a while.”

The “pows” and “bams” of Adam West and Burt Ward in 1966’s Batman television show, gave the hero a massive burst of pop cultural influence. But after two decades his comic persona was wearing thin — until Miller’s interpretation hit comic book store shelves.

“Around that time, I had fallen out of comics and Batman was going on adventures like flying through space, which I didn’t care for,” Fletcher said. “Then this book and Watchmen come out and it drags me back into comics.” Reading Batman not only challenging but defeating the god-like Superman and Miller’s reinventing of Gotham as gritty and decrepit opened his eyes to a world of creative opportunity.

“Batman is very relatable,” Fletcher said. There’s always injustice in the world and Batman is that normal guy who can get out there and do what needs to get done. He’s an outlet for people’s frustrations or anger for things they can’t control.”

These different iterations of Batman could not exist without the artists and writers innovating at their easels. Neal Adams, Jim Lee and Greg Capullo are just some of the creative forces that gave Batman life for generations.

“It’s always been about the characters and not the people who make them,” Miller said. “If you ask the average person who created Superman, they might say Richard Donner, George Reeves or Christopher Reeves. They certainly wouldn’t remember two Jewish kids from Cleveland.”

Batman will continue to fight crime in Gotham and avenge his parents long after the rest of us are gone. Whether it’s with eyebrows drawn onto his costume, a batarang flung from under his cape or a sniper rifle perched on a roof.

Reprinted from Newsweek

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Watch The New Knives Out Trailer

Lionsgate has released the new Knives Out trailer, delivering new footage and a fresh batch of mysteries for the upcoming Rian Johnson feature.

Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.

The all-star ensemble cast of Knives Out includes Daniel Craig (Spectre), along with Chris Evans (Avengers: Infinity War), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You), Don Johnson (Book Club), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Christopher Plummer (Beginners), Katherine Langford (Love, Simon), Riki Lindhome (Kidding), Edi Patterson (The Last O.G.), Raúl Castillo (Atypical), and Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween).

The film will be released on November 27.

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Taylor Swift Announces U.S. Tour For 2020 — And It’s Only Hitting Two Cities

Taylor Swift has announced her only U.S. concert dates in 2020 and the tour is only hitting two cities. The tour dates are slated for July 25-26 at the new SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and for July 31-Aug. 1 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

The two two-day events have been christened Lover Fest West and Lover Fest East. Opening acts for the dates will be announced soon.

With Lover Fest West, Swift will make history, becoming the first woman in history to open an NFL stadium. The concerts will begin SoFi Stadium’s inaugural year of events, as the facility prepares to become the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers and to host Super Bowl LVI and the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

In August, Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s albums chart.

Tickets for Swift’s Lover Fests go on sale to the general public on Oct. 17, following Ticketmaster Verified Fan and Capital One presales.

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Part of a Bigger Universe: Unforgettable Quotes From The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Celebrate the Marvel Cinematic Universe from the very beginning through the Endgame. This collectible book features unforgettable quotes from its most complex and diverse characters: from Iron Man to Spider-Man and from Captain America to Captain Marvel. These heroes aren’t just high-tech suits and super-powers—they’re part of a team, part of a family, part of a bigger universe. At their very cores, they’re the essence of what it means to be human and to be heroic, even when the two are fundamentally at odds. Filled with the most amusing, aspirational, and awe-inspiring quotable moments from the characters that make these iconic films what they are today, this collection is a must-have for every Marvel Studios fan who finds a bit of themselves in their favorite hero.

Order the book HERE.

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Most Popular Movies Featuring Bingo

Bingo has been a popular entertainment activity for at least few centuries, especially in the UK, but in a range of other countries as well. The cinema appeared a bit later then that and it is generally and universally accepted as one of the main forms of entertainment all over the world. Just as there are differences in terms of which bingo variant is popular in what part of the world (90-ball bingo is popular in the UK, whereas 75-ball bingo is primarily played in North America). Nowadays with the popularization of online bingo UK players have the chance to try out different 75-ball bingo variants, whereas Americans have the opportunity to play 90-ball bingo.

Cinematography is also geo-specific, in the sense that different types of films and different genres are popular in different parts of the world. For instance, statistics show that adventure and action films are popular in North America, seen as they bring in the highest box office revenue. The reason we’ve mentioned bingo and films is because we want to have a look at the intersection, i.e. the best and most popular scenes that feature bingo at least in a single scene.

King of The Bingo Game

King of the Bingo Game is an obvious example, as the film itself features the word ‘bingo’ in its title. The film is a rather serious one. It tells the story of an optimistic bingo player called Sonny who lives in Harlem and frequently visits the local bingo hall in an attempt to win enough money to provide for his impoverished family. If you are a fan of bingo, this film would probably be your cup of tea as the central theme evolves around the game of bingo. As a bonus, it also depicts New York of the 1940s and how difficult things were for the African-American community. 

Hotel Transylvania

We have one newer film for you as well. Hotel Transylvania was quite the hit when it was first shown in 2012. This movie is a comedy featuring Adam Sandler and we probably won’t need to tell you too much about comedies, featuring Sandler, people usually either love them or hate them, but it is very difficult to ignore Sandler and his work. 

In this movie the game of bingo is played at Monsterland and instead of bingo balls they are drawing small, really tiny skulls themselves get to call the numbers by hissing. The game comes to a rather unfortunate end when a monster eats the winning ticket. Funnily enough, the ticket is held by Mrs Frankenstein. 

The Wog Boy

Another comedy in our list, this time it is an Australian film – The Wog Boy. While in British English it is a derogatory term for a non-white individual, in Australia it typically refers to immigrants from Southern Europe. In this particular instance, we’re dealing with a second-gen immigrant of Greek origin. The story follows him and his life-path and our guy works a range of jobs, including a bingo caller, but what’s specific about this hall and the game of bingo in this case is that it is played at a Greek Orthodox Church. The problem arises when the winner approaches the main character (Steve) he hands him the prize which is a lion’s head, but a one made of plaster, with no actual value and that’s certainly not the prize that the player expects.

Bingo

This is a film that deserves an honorable mention, simply because its title is, well – bingo. The film has nothing to do with the actual game of bingo though, it features s runaway circus dog named Bingo. The film has been criticised and it has been branded as one of the worst pet pooch films, but as the title is bingo, we had to include it. 

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Watch The Netflix Trailer For Living With Yourself Starring Paul Rudd

Netflix has released the official Living With You trailer starring Paul Rudd (and Paul Rudd) in the upcoming philosophical comedy series highlighting the actor’s dual lead roles.

The eight-episode season will see Rudd working double-time in the story of a man named Myles struggling with his life who undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person. He then finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version — revealing that his own worst enemy is himself. Netflix’s “fresh and inventive” philosophical comedy will ask if people really want to be better.

Living With Yourself was created by Timothy Greenberg (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) who will serve as showrunner and executive producer. Oscar nominees Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) are also set to executive produce as well as direct. Anthony Bregman and Jeff Stern are overseeing the project for their Likely Story banner with Jax Media’s Tony Hernandez, Rudd, and Jeff Blitz executive producing.

Living with Yourself is set to premiere on the streaming service on October 18.

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DC Collectibles Frank Miller Batman Black & White Statue # 101

DC Collectibles has revealed the latest statue in the popular Batman Black & White series, the Armored Batman by Frank Miller.  

#101 in the series is based on the iconic designs from Frank Miller’s 1986 series, The Dark Knight Returns.

This armored Batman perfectly encapsulates the worn-out, dystopian vibe from the comics while showing the technological power Batman possesses in the story.

Frank Miller & Jim Fletcher (Executive Director, DC Collectibles)

While the figure is not due to hit shelves till summer 2020 it will for sure be one you won’t want to miss!

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DesignerCon 2019 Returns To The Anaheim Convention Center November 22 – 24

DesignerCon is returning the the Anaheim Convention Center! 14 years ago, DesignerCon made its debut in Los Angeles and established itself as the largest designer toy convention in the United States. In 2018, it outgrew its original home and expanded to three times its original size at the Anaheim Convention Center. The 350,000 square feet of programming space plays host to over 800 artists and vendors, including SuperPlastic, KidRobot, Mighty Jaxx, Gary Baseman, Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, and Jim Mahfood, as well as street brands like Dumb Good. DesignerCon 2019 returns to the Anaheim Convention Center bigger than ever and just in time for holiday shopping, from November 22 – 24, 2019.

Grossing over $350 million worldwide, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse made one of the biggest impacts on popular culture of any movie in the past year. For 2019, Sony has partnered with DesignerCon to showcase a glitch art tunnel drawing attendees into the Spider-Verse themselves with a cutting-edge VR tunnel, featuring original art and animation from the groundbreaking film.  

Returning for the second year in a row, MEDICOM will immerse attendees in a jaw-dropping array of merch hard to find outside of Japan. The company will be providing VIPs with an exclusive and limited-edition Bearbrick of the DesignerCon mascot. Artists Luke Chueh, Joe Ledbetter, Tristan Eaton, Kano, and Steven Harrington are also teaming up with MEDICOM to release custom-designed Bearbricks exclusively available at the convention on a first come, first serve basis. 

A themed art show this year will honor the Jedi Master himself, Mark Hamill, with an art show curated by Carman Acosta aka Jane Dope, titled Hamilltoon: The Many Voices of Mark Hamill. Mark Hamill is scheduled to appear to check-out the art and celebrate the release of the DesignerCon exclusive Mark Hamill Funko Pop ONLY available at DesignerCon.

New to DesignerCon is Beyond Eden, a new section dedicated to galleries showcasing original works by artists in the low-brow, outsider, pop-surrealist movements, curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery. Juxtapoz Magazine has also partnered with DesignerCon to host a series of panel discussions and podcasts live at the show. 

A new addition in 2018, the Techzone will return for the second year in a row with even more VR and XR experiences to immerse convention-goers in the most cutting-edge narratives in the world. 

Built as a tribute to pop art and the brilliant minds that create it, DesignerCon continues the tradition of commissioning original works to set the tone for each year’s convention. For 2019, artist Steve Harrington has been commissioned to design the attendee badges, while Camille Rose Garcia will design the cover booklet. Additionally, billboard advertisements for the convention will be created by Steven Harrington, Jim Mahfood, Matt Gondek, and Scott Tolleson.

This year will feature a larger selection of cutting-edge streetwear brands like X-Large, and NTWRK will even be doing live broadcasts from the convention. 

After growing for over a decade into the largest designer toy convention in the World, DesignerCon has become a destination for the creative minds behind your favorite pop culture mementos from prints, to pins, to toys, to original art. There is something here for everyone who loves pop culture!

Following its massive success from last year, DesignerCon wlll once again host a special Friday night opening giving VIP pass holders first and exclusive access to all the vendors before everyone else, as well as some of the most exclusive releases in the world. VIPs will be granted early admission at 9am on Saturday morning, one hour before opening to the general public at 10am. Saturday will conclude at 7pm, with general admission Sunday hours running from 10am to 6pm. 

Tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased HERE.

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Mondo True Enemy Timed Edition Print By Rory Kurtz

Now that MondoCon is over, Mondo wanted to make sure everyone had their chance to get one of their favorite posters of the weekend: True Enemy by Rory Kurtz! 

Rory worked tirelessly to bring the iconic fight scene in Snoke’s throne room from Star Wars: The Last Jedi to life.  Rory is easily one of the best poster artists and illustrators working today and this poster is a perfect summation of why. Beautifully illustrated and composed, he has done an incredible job capturing the kinetic energy of the scene as Rey and Kylo Ren team up against Snoke’s Elite Praetorian Guard. 

This Timed Edition poster is available now at mondotees.com until Wednesday 9/18 at 11:59 PM (CT). 

True Enemy (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)
By Rory Kurtz.
24″x36″
14 color screenprinted poster
$100

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