Toy Fair: More Pics from Hasbro’s Jurassic World Line

jurassic’s Toy Fair coverage continues with our first pictures from Hasbro’s annual Collector/Fan Event and we’ll start off with pictures from Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World. And yes, you’ll probably realize that we posted a ton of pictures just yesterday, but guess what? We’re posting more!

Actually, we know a little more about them today after the Hasbro presentation, including how the larger electronic T. Rex uses a Stomp & Smash technique that you can see demoed in the video below, plus you can see the equally large electronic Indominus Rex in action.

Hasbro gives us another look at the Pteranodon vs. Helicopter scene from the movie, as well as a couple of the new Velociraptors, named “Charlie” and “Blue” in the movie. Hasbro was given license to create their own dinosaurs so in the spirit of the movie’s hybrids, they put a Triceratops head on a Stegosaurus… just because they could (That doesn’t actually appear in the movie.) The big playset for Jurassic World is the Tyrannosaurus Rex Lockdown, which is a new redesign (and a slightly smaller version) of the playset created for the original Jurassic Park 22 years ago.

Hasbro is also starting a new initiative for Jurassic World called Brawlosaurus that lets players wind up their dinos, choose a setting (it works like Rock, Paper, Scissors only with Slash, Bite and Bash) and set them loose against each other. Again, you can see the Brawlosarus Play Set in action in the third video below.  

We also have pictures of some of the fluffy plush toys, more of the new Super Hero Mashers toys using the Jurassic World dinos, and all of it gives you a pretty good idea of the variety of dinosaurs that you’ll see in Jurassic World.  

Stomp & Strike T. Rex, Electronic Indominus Rex and Role Play Items

More Electronic Dinos

Brawlosaurus Battle Set


Toy Fair: LEGO’s Upcoming Star Wars Sets

star warsIf you’re coming to this year’s Toy Fair expecting Lucasfilm and Disney to roll-out hundreds of tie-in toys for J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you should prepare yourself for disappointment, because the movie is still more than ten months away, and most of the toy manufactures aren’t quite ready for those big reveals.

Even so, LEGO, one of the companies who has been keeping their Star Wars line going strong even in the dry years with no new movies, has a lot of cool new building sets and mini-figs coming out in the next few months and they gave a preview of them during an opening day breakfast at Toy Fair 2015. 

The highlights of their upcoming Star Wars line includes the Slave 1 and the Tie/LN Starfighter (pictured at left), both which will be available in May, but they also previewed the Imperial Assault Carrier which includes four tie-fighters that attach to the bottom, a playset of the Death Star Final Duel including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Emperor Palpatine and two Royal Guards, and Imperial Shuttle Tydirium, all of which will be out in June.  The latter includes Han Solo, Leia, Chewbacca and two new Endor Rebel Troops.

In September, LEGO are getting into action figure territory (sort of) with their Battle Figures of Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, which are larger scale buildable figures with the same quality as the vehicles. 

One thing that might not exactly be evident is a new initiative from LEGO which are holiday advent calendars, those cool things where you open up a door each day leading up to Christmas and behind each door is a Star Wars mini figure. There are some cool mini-figs and vehicles in there including R2D2 wearing reindeer horns and C-3PO in a santa beard. It’s a little strange but a fun idea nonetheless and probably healthier than the candy one usually gets in an advent calendar.

You can check out a full gallery of everything on display in the LEGO booth below.


Toy Fair: Check Out LEGO’s Jurassic World Sets!

Jurassic World

Toy Fair 2015 starts today in New York City and got a very early start with an invite to LEGO’s annual breakfast presentation where they were showing off all of their fun new ideas and some of the building sets for 2015. 

There was a lot of exciting stuff, but definitely at the top of the pack were the five sets that LEGO will be releasing to coincide with Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World.

The pinnacle of the new Jurassic World line is the Indominus Rex Breakout, which gives us another look at the new dinosaur being introduced in the upcoming movie. That’s joined by the Raptor’s Rampage and T. Rex Tracker sets, as we well as smaller Pteranodon Capture and Dilophosaurus Ambush sets, all giving us some clue of what we might expect to see in the movie when it opens on June 12.

Also, you might want to make note of some of the mini-figs included in the set with the Indominus Rex set including Zach and Dr. Henry Wu, played by Nick Robinson and BD Wong, the Pteranodon set including a mini-figure of Irrfan Khan’s Simon Masrani, and the Dilophosaurus set including Ty Simpkin’s Gray. You’ll have to get the Raptor Rampage if you want Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady, but you’ll also get Claire, Bryce Dallas Howard’s character.

You can check out the pictures we took of all five sets in the gallery below, and look for a lot more from Toy Fair in the next couple days.



New Songs in the Works for Frozen Stage Adaptation

Frozen Stage Adaptation

The team behind the songs in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen is working on new songs for the musical stage adaptation, according to the Daily Mail.

The site said that Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband (and song-writing partner) Robert Lopez, who wrote the film’s songs such as “Let It Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” have met with Frozen director and co-writer Jennifer Lee, Disney Theatrical Productions president and producer Thomas Schumacher, and Alex Timbers (director of hit show “Here Lies Love”) about the production.

“As has already been announced, Disney Theatrical is working on a stage adaptation of the animated film ‘Frozen,’” said Schumacher in a statement following the Daily Mail report. “It will come as no surprise that the EGOT-winning Broadway veteran Robert Lopez and the Oscar- and Grammy-winning Kristen Anderson-Lopez, who wrote the indelible songs for the film, will be working on the show and that Oscar-winner Jennifer Lee, co-director and screenwriter of the film, will be working on the book of the stage version. No other staffing or dates have been announced.”

The Daily Mail added that the production could be eyeing a 2017 debut, but that is not confirmed. It has also not been confirmed whether Timbers will direct.

The next time we’ll see Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf is in the 7-minute long animated short Frozen Fever, which will premiere in theaters in front of Cinderella on March 13. You can view images from the short below. There’s also been rumors about a proper Frozen sequel, but Disney has not officially announced one yet.

Frozen is the highest-grossing animated title of all time, earning $1.274 billion at the worldwide box office.



Grodd is Coming to The CW’s The Flash!


The characters have been building for some time now and, today, we’re getting teases of both Grodd and Firestorm as the first season of the hit new DC Comics series “The Flash” continues. In the top player below, a behind-the-scenes featurette looks at the future of Firestorm and what’s to come on next week’s episode. Then, in the bottom player, a new teaser warns that “Grodd is Coming!” There’s no specific episode or date announced quite yet for when we might see a “full” Grodd appearance, but when it comes to assembling the Flash’s rogues gallery on the small screen, it’s pretty clear that The CW isn’t monkeying around!

Titled “Fallout,” this week’s episode (episode 1×14) is officially described as follows:

After the nuclear explosion separates Ronnie (guest star Robbie Amell) and Dr. Stein (guest star Victor Garber), Barry (Grant Gustin) and the team believe both men are safe. Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) is thrilled to have her fiancé back and prepares to resume their life together while Dr. Stein returns to his wife. However, when General Eiling (guest star Clancy Brown) targets Firestorm, Ronnie and Dr. Stein must decide if they are safer together or apart. Meanwhile, Mason Bridge (guest star Roger Hayworth) tells Iris (Candice Patton) that there is something secretive going on at S.T.A.R. Labs and Dr. Stein gives Barry some important information about time travel.

Directed by Steve Surjik and written by Keto Shimizu & Ben Sokolowski, “Fallout” is set to air February 17. “The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 P.M. EST.

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Adrianne Palicki Now a Regular on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Adrianne Palicki

Adrianne Palicki, who recently joined the show in the guest starring role of Bobbi Morse (better known in the comics by her Avengers name, Mockingbird), has been upped to a series regular on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” which has today revealed details of its midseason return. Look for an all new episode, titled “Epidemic,” to air Tuesday, March 3 at 9:00pm ET/PT on ABC!

The official episode description for “Epidemic” reads as follows:

After discovering an alien city with ties to his resurrection, Coulson and his team destroyed it before the forces of Hydra could claim its secrets, eliminating the villainous Whitehall (Reed Diamond) in the process. But new threats to the world have arisen, including Skye’s father, Cal (Kyle McLachlan), who now seeks retribution against Coulson for stealing his revenge against Whitehall; a disturbing alliance between former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Ward (Brett Dalton) and Agent 33; the enigmatic Raina (Ruth Negga), who struggles with her transformation into something inhuman by the alien Obelisk and seeks vengeance; and Skye (Chloe Bennet), who developed mysterious new powers from the Obelisk but whose lack of experience with her new abilities may threaten the safety of those she loves.

Meanwhile, Bobbi (Palicki) and Mack (Henry Simmons) begin the next phase of a plan which seems to have grave repercussions for Coulson and his team, who are unaware that there’s another mysterious force moving against them. And as Hunter (Nick Blood) is forced to make the biggest choice of his life, Coulson will find his mission threatened by this shocking endgame.

Coulson’s team must deal with the consequences of their war with Hydra as shocking revelations threaten to tear them apart, and Hydra makes a dangerous move that may involve a traitor in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s midst.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Nick Blood as Lance Hunter and Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse.

Guest starring are Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Ruth Negga as Raina, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Henry Goodman as Dr. Levy, Kyle Maclachlan as The Doctor, Jamie Harris as Gordon, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, Donzaleigh Abernathy as Trip’s mom, Philip Labes as young Gordon, Dichen Lachman as Jiaying, Alvin Ing as Yat-Sen, Fred Dryer as Octavian Bloom, Kathryn Leigh-Scott as The Baroness, Joel Polis as The Banker, Kyle David Pierce as accountant, Maz Siam as The Sheikh, McKay Stewart as scientist #1 and David A. Jansen as agent.

“Epidemic” is written by Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon and directed by Billy Gierhart.


Peggy’s Interrogation Begins in a New Clip from Marvel’s Agent Carter

Agent Carter

Following a first clip that came online yesterday, Marvel Entertainment and ABC have released a second new clip from the penultimate episode of the first season of “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” Following the events of this week’s new episode, Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter has been arrested and is believed to be a traitor by the United States government. Now, her interrogation begins.

The episode, 1×7, is titled “Snafu” and is officially described as follows:

“Peggy is cornered and more vulnerable than ever as Leviathan makes their move against her. As the SSR zeroes in on Howard Stark, they may pay the ultimate price as they find their true enemy is closer than they realized.”

Also starring Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as SSR Agent Daniel Sousa, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, and Shea Whigham as SSR Chief Roger Dooley, the series was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Executive producers are Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb.

“Snafu” is set to air February 17 with the season finale, “Valediction,” following on February 24. The week after that, the small screen Marvel Cinematic Universe heads back to present day as “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns from its midseason hiatus with a brand new episode, “Epidemic” premiering March 3 at 9:00pm ET/PT. 

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Meet The Flying Graysons in New Gotham Clips!

Flying Graysons

On the heels of the a new promo that seems to tease the Joker himself, FOX has released a series of new videos tied to next week’s “Gotham.” The episode, 1×16, is titled “The Blind Fortuneteller” and, while we’re still not sure whether or not the hints of the Joker are just a Red Herring, the episode will definitely feature some other familiar DC Comics characters: The Flying Graysons! In the first player, a behind-the-scenes video offers some insight into what we’ll see of the ill-fated acrobats while the middle two players offer clips from the episode. Then, in the final player, you can check out another brief featurette that teases the return of this week’s Jonathan Crane somewhere farther down the line.

In the “The Blind Fortune Teller,” Gordon takes Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) to the circus, but the day turns quickly when the circus comes under attack. Then, Falcone enlists Butch Gilzean to help Penguin with the night club, while Fish Mooney is otherwise occupied. Also, Bruce Wayne schedules a meeting with the Wayne Enterprises board.

“The Blind Fortune Teller” is set to air February 16. “Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 P.M. EST on FOX.

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