Syfy Premieres COLLECTION INTERVENTION Tuesday, August 14 at 10PM ET/PT

The six-episode series follows Elyse Luray as she “helps couples, families and individuals whose pop-culture memorabilia collections have become damaging obsessions.”

In Syfy‘s newest reality series, Collection Intervention, premiering Tuesday, August 14 at 10PM (ET/PT), former Head of Special Collections at Christie’s, Elyse Luray helps couples, families and individuals whose pop-culture memorabilia collections – from Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to Catwoman and Barbie – have become damaging obsessions, creating financial strife and a huge strain on their lives.

In each of the six hour-long episodes, Elyse will create a strategy that helps these collectors curate and showcase their collection by assessing where the true value lies and then allow them to decide what’s worth keeping and what they can sell. These massive collections include dining rooms stuffed with 30,000 comic books, a garage filled to the rafters with Catwoman memorabilia, and an almost uninhabitable house filled with Transformers. For each collector, parting with some of their collection may free up some much needed space in their home, provide a cash windfall to get out of debt, or even just allow a couple to become more focused on their relationship.

In the premiere episode titled “A Disturbance in the Force,” what started out as a single room dedicated to Star Wars has grown to take over the entire Concord, California home of Garet and Consetta. When Elyse quickly realizes the Star Wars collection has intense emotional meaning to Consetta, she fears that Consetta may not be able to part with a single item. If Elyse is going to help this couple take back their house, she’s going to have to use The Force to break through to them.

Also in the episode, disgruntled Los Angeles housewife Lolly calls Elyse to see if she can help her husband Mark let go of some of his extensive Catwoman collection so they can start to pay some bills. When Elyse sees the collection, which has overtaken their garage, she is stunned by the poor manner in which Mark has stored the collectibles he says he loves. Nonetheless, to save their relationship and pay down their debt, Elyse helps Mark identify what in his collection is truly important to him while pushing him to let go of what is not.

Collection Intervention is produced by High Noon Entertainment with executive producers Pam Healey, Jim Berger and Elizabeth Grizzle Voorhees.

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)

via Syfy Press Release

Hot Toys’ Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong Event Pre-Order Items

The Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong event is going on NOW!

This year, the Hot Toys booth is again decorated as the Hot Toys Theatre featuring the classic superhero thematic scenes and showcasing the specially designed dioramas of The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers with the latest figures series unveiled!

Three Special Edition Collectible Figures will be first available for pre-order at the Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong event starting tomorrow, where fans can get a complimentary exclusive bonus accessory upon pre-ordering there!

  • For pre-order of The Avengers: 1/6th scale Mark VII Limited Edition Collectible Figurine, fans can get a bonus Holographic Mark VII collectible (approximately 3 inches tall)
  • For pre-order of The Dark Knight Rises: 1/4th scale Batman Collectible Figure, fans can obtain a complimentary 1/4th scale Batman mask
  • For pre-order of The Terminator: 1/4th scale Endoskeleton Collectible Figure, fans can get an additional 1/4th scale Plasma Rifle

Fans can visit the Hot Toys booth at booth number F18!

via Hot Toys Press Release

Get in Line Now! IDW Announces Comic-Con 2012 Exclusives!

Besides being America’s biggest comic convention, Comic-Con International: San Diego has become ground zero for publishers to premiere special, exclusive editions of their products to legions of dedicated fans. Without further ado, here are the offerings that will be available from IDW Publishing!

Some of the titles below will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store beginning June 22nd. Fans who preorder will be able to pick up their books from the IDW booth at Comic-Con.

A limited edition of the hotly anticipated Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition will be on hand. Packaged in a deluxe slipcase, signed, numbered, and featuring a variant cover of David Mazzucchelli’s historic artwork, this edition will be limited to 250 copies and priced at $200. It will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.

Speaking of Artist’s Editions, an exclusive version of Sergio Aragonés’ Groo The Wanderer: Artist’s Edition will be premiered at Comic-Con as well! Signed, numbered, and limited to 250 copies, this edition will feature a variant cover and be priced at $150. This title will be available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store.

Continuing the late creator’s legendary legacy, IDW will have an exclusive edition of Dave Stevens: Covers and Stories on hand. The convention-exclusive edition will have a variant cover, limited to 250 copies, of which only 100 will be available at Comic-Con, priced at $60, only available at the IDW booth!

A special convention-exclusive edition of Parker: The Score by Darwyn Cooke will also be available, featuring a variant dust jacket and numbered signature plate that is signed and numbered by Darwyn! This edition is limited to just 175 copies, priced at $60, and will only be available at IDW’s booth.

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, IDW has a special surprise! For this convention only, IDW is producing a very special set of TMNT Ultimate Collection Volumes 1-3 Deluxe Slipcase. The three volumes will come in a deluxe, full-color slipcase. Priced at $200, there will only be 40 of the black-and-white-cover convention-exclusive editions! These sets will be available for preorder through IDW’s Web store.

An exclusive hardcover edition of Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks will be available as well. This full-color hardcover will be priced at $30 and limited to 300 copies available only at IDW’s booth.

For the hardcore LOCKE & KEY fans, IDW will also have limited quantities of new, high-quality pewter key replicas! 200 “Legacy Edition” OMEGA KEYS and GHOST KEYS and 50 copies of the WHISPERING IRON will be available for $25 each, only at IDW’s booth.

Ashley Wood and his incredible robotic concern ThreeA will be a part of IDW’s booth with exclusives in tow! Ash and company will be bringing along the first-ever ZOMB toy, a zombified departure from his famous robots, but in his inimitable style! The ZOMB toy will be blind-boxed, meaning which ZOMB is in the box is a mystery! The ZOMBS will be priced at $100, limited to 250 pieces, and available for pre-order through the exclusive ZOMB pre-order site!

In conjunction with Ash’s presence in the IDW booth, two deluxe hardcover collections will be available as well! Limited to 500 copies each and priced at $75 and $50 respectively, the complete LORE and ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS will be available for pre-order through IDW’s Web store.

Joe Jusko fans, pay attention! A special convention-exclusive variant edition of THE ART OF JOE JUSKO will be available at the IDW booth! Limited to just 100 copies and signed and numbered with a variant cover, this edition will be priced at $100 and only available at the show.

Fans of powerhouse creator Amanda Conner can also rejoice, as there will be an exclusive variant edition of THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER priced at $60 and available for pre-order from IDW’s Web store. Additionally, Amanda will be signing at the IDW booth throughout the show! It’s a perfect opportunity for fans to get their new exclusive book signed.

For the many sketch-seekers at Comic-Con, this year IDW will have their very own branded sketchbooks! Priced at $20, these hardcover books are full of high-quality art paper that fans will treasure for years once they’ve been filled with drawings by their favorite artists. Additionally, each fan that purchases a sketchbook will be entered to win a mystery sketchbook with a selection of drawings from several of the artists that will be at the IDW booth during the show!

IDW will also be bringing along some exclusive single-issue comics priced at $5 each:

  • TMNT #11 will be available with a full-color cover by TMNT creator Kevin Eastman!
  • THE CROW #1 will be available with an eye-catching exclusive cover by series artist Kevin Colden!
  • THE CAPE: 1969 #1 will be available with an exclusive variant by series artist Nelson Daniel!
  • LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1 will be available with an exclusive variant cover by series mastermind Thom Zahler!
  • G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #180 will be on hand with a special variant cover featuring Vietnam-era Snake Eyes!

In addition to the surprises in store for fans at IDW’s many convention panels, these exclusives should go a long way toward cementing another excellent year at San Diego Comic-Con in IDW’s history!

  • THE ART OF AMANDA CONNER (VARIANT)- $60
  • THE ART OF JOE JUSKO (VARIANT)- $100
  • DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN ARTIST’S EDITION – $200 – Available for pre-order
  • DAVE STEVENS: COVERS AND STORIES (VARIANT) – $60
  • G.I. JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #180 (VARIANT)- $5
  • IDW SKETCHBOOK- $20
  • LOCKE & KEY VOLUME 5: CLOCKWORKSHC – $30
  • LOCKE & KEY: OMEGA, GHOST, and WHISPERING IRON KEYS- $25
  • THE COMPLETE LORE HC- $75
  • LOVE AND CAPES: WHAT TO EXPECT #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • PARKER: THE SCORE (VARIANT)- $60
  • SERGIO ARAGONÉS’ GROO THE WANDERER: ARTIST’S EDITION – $150 – Available for pre-order
  • TMNT #11 (VARIANT)- $5
  • TMNT ULTIMATE COLLECTIONS 1-3 Set- $200 – Available for pre-order
  • THE CROW #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • THE CAPE: 1969 #1 (VARIANT)- $5
  • ZOMB Toy by ASHLEY WOOD- $100 – Available for pre-order
  • THE COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS HC – $50

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books. IDW can also be found at http://www.facebook.com/#!/idwpublishing and http://tumblr.idwpublishing.com/ and on Twitter at @idwpublishing.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

via IDW Press Release

Sony Pictures Animation Drives TONKA Trucks To The Big Screen

TONKA, the Hasbro brand that for 65 years has stood for its line of toy trucks for children, will bring its TONKA toughness to the big screen in a fully animated motion picture to be produced by Sony Pictures Animation, Hasbro and Happy Madison Productions. The announcement was made today by Bob Osher, president, Sony Pictures Digital Productions, Michelle Raimo-Kouyate, president of Production for Sony Pictures Animation and Brian Goldner , president and CEO of Hasbro. The film will also be produced and developed by Goldner and Hasbro’s senior vice president and managing director of motion pictures, Bennett Schneir and will be written by Fred Wolf.

The new TONKA project strengthens the growing ties between Sony Pictures and Hasbro, following the announcements that Sony Pictures is developing motion pictures based on Hasbro’s RISK and CANDY LAND brands. CANDY LAND is also a Happy Madison project.

Commenting on the announcement, Osher said, “In its 65 years, TONKA has become more than a toy or a brand — TONKA trucks are a rite of passage for kids all around the world. Time spent with these toys creates memories that last a lifetime as kids are inspired to play using the boundaries of their imagination. We look forward to creating a family friendly motion picture that brings the Tonka experience to life.”

Raimo-Kouyate added, “Fred and our friends at Happy Madison and Hasbro have a truly inventive take on what it means to be ‘TONKA tough’ that will translate the multi-generational appeal of this world-renowned brand into a fun animated adventure for the whole family.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Bob, Michelle, and the amazing team of artists and storytellers at Sony Pictures Animation,” said Schneir. “Together with Happy Madison, we’re excited to bring TONKA trucks to life in a terrific story for audiences around the world.”

One of the most recognized brands in Hasbro’s portfolio, TONKA has been the bestselling toy truck globally since 1947. Giving children real-life, relatable experiences, TONKA trucks help kids learn the confidence to get the job done.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/

About Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits-the 2011 hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster, The Smurfs (3D) and the 2009 mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (3D) with the family comedy Hotel Transylvania (3D) in September 2012 and The Smurfs 2 (3D) in July 2013. Sony Pictures Animation, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two feature films: the critically acclaimed, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas (3D); and the stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits (3D), in U.S. theaters April 27, 2012. In 2007, Surf’s Up received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise, is turning 10 this year. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital.

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About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with innovative, well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company’s Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. Programming in the U.S. is distributed on The Hub TV Network, a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK). Through the Company’s deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens.” Learn more at www.hasbro.com.

via Hasbro Press Release

Action Figure Xpress (AFX) San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives

Action Figure Xpress (AFX) has put up their San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) exclusives for sale in their store. So far, they have put up most of the Diamond Select Toys exclusives for sale. The only addition besides those items is the SDCC 2012 Exclusive Batman Be@rbrick by Medicom Toy. The Batman Be@rbrick will cost $14.99 and can be pre-ordered now but ships in August. Stay tuned for any additional items that may be available!

Medicom and Diamond Comic Distributors have teamed for a San Diego Comic Con exclusive that no toy collector or comics fan will want to miss — the DC Be@rbrick Batman Mini-Figure! One of the world’s most famous superheroes will strike fear into a cowardly and superstitious lot as a 2″ tall bat-clad bear! This limited edition figure, sure to be a highly-sought-after collectible, comes packaged on its own individual blister pack, with artwork modeled after Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez’s classic DC Style Guide designs.

Hasbro Reveals Their Largest Exclusive EVER for Comic-Con — S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Super Hellicarrier!

Hasbro is bringing the Super Helicarrier to Comic-Con 2012! This is going to be the largest exclusive that will be bumping you on the exhibit floor. This special edition of Marvel’s flying fortress from S.H.I.E.L.D. will definitely fly off their shelves! Even at the BIG price tag of $129.99, supplies will definitely deplete rather quickly.

The Super Helicarrier will be sold at the Hasbro’s booth (Booth #3329). It is a foot longer than the retail version which is 3 feet long. The box will have artwork from Joe Quesada which is exclusive to this version. This special edition will also include two exclusive action figures — Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill.

Do you have room for this in your collection? If so, head over to the Hasbro booth during Comic-Con for your very own flying fortress!

The Dark Knight Rises: 1/6th Scale Bat-Pod Collectible by Hot Toys

Hot Toys has just revealed their latest item — The Bat-Pod! This is a 1/6-scale version of the Bat-Pod from The Dark Knight Rises.

In view of the popularity of the Bat-pod collectible from The Dark Knight movie, Hot Toys is proud to present the Bat-pod collectible from the upcoming superhero blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises, which is the sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008), featuring the likeness and details of the Bat-pod from The Dark Knight Rises movie.

Hot Toys – The Dark Knight Rises: 1/6-scale Bat-Pod Collectible Specifications

  • Authentically detailed 1/6th scale collectible
  • Perfect scale to Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale collectible figures from The Dark Knight Rises movie
  • Headlights light-up function
  • Right weapon features Machine Gun, Grappling Hook and Wheel with Hub-Mounted Engines
  • Batteries not included for collectible, 2 AAA batteries are required

May the 4th Be with You, Celebrate with a 20% Discount at the Hasbro Toy Shop!

“May the 4th be with you!” The Star Wars community is celebrating Star Wars Day which technically should have been on May 25th because that’s when Star Wars premiered at the theaters in 1977. Oh well, people liked the sound of “May the Fourth be with you” better and it stuck.

The Hasbro Toy Shop is having a 20% off all Star Wars merchandise today only! Here is their press release:

Happy Star Wars Day!
We wanted to let you know that as part of Lucasfilm’s official May the 4th celebration, Hasbro is proud to offer 20% off on all Star Wars products on HasbroToyShop.com* for today only! This is a great chance to save on items like Star Wars Fighter Pods, Star Wars action figures, and more! For more information on how to save 20% on all Star Wars items today only on HasbroToyShop.com, click: http://www.hasbrotoyshop.com/star-wars-may-the-fourth
Thanks, and May the 4th Be With You!

Remember that this deal ends tonight at midnight, so be quick! The Promo Code is SWFAN20 and it’s good towards the purchase of STAR WARS products currently available on the Hasbro Toy Store site. The discount applies to the pre-tax and pre-shipping amounts, cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer and is valid only while supplies last. Enjoy!

Topps Announces MARS ATTACKS Heritage Card Set

Topps is releasing their MARS ATTACKS July release Anchors 50th Year Anniversary Celebration.

Since its initial release in 1962, MARS ATTACKS has made an indelible impression on pop culture, inspiring legions of fans around the world.  Now, Topps is proud to announce MARS ATTACKS‘ triumphant return to its trading card roots. Coinciding this summer with the landmark half-century milestone the company is pulling out all the stops for collectors to re-connect with the cult classic while ushering in a whole new generation of fans.

The commemorative trading card set, currently in development for release in July, is a cornerstone of the 50th anniversary campaign. In addition to reprinting the 55 iconic cards which comprised the original series, Topps is adding 25 never-before-seen subjects.

Ten cards, painted by Jason Edmiston, are based on storyboarded sketches from original series pencillers Wally Wood and Bob Powell that did not originally appear in the 1962 card set. Edmiston’s finished works pay homage to the pulp sci-fi style of Norm Saunders, the master painter who first gave MARS ATTACKS its signature look. Fifteen all-new cards are provided by Eisner award-winning comic book artist John McCrea, the acclaimed illustrator of IDW’s forthcoming MARS ATTACKS comic book series.  McCrea is known to comics fans as the co-creator of Hitman (in collaboration with writer Garth Ennis), among numerous other high-profile assignments.  His new, powerful imagery for the card set will provide fans with added insights to the comics as well as to the all-new MARS ATTACKS universe.

A variety of extra inserts are also designed to add collectibility and fun: limited edition multi-colored parallels and 3D lenticulars will be randomly included in packs. And, for the very first time, Topps will be including MARS ATTACKS sketch cards in boxes. Many talented artists are on board to provide their one-of-a-kind hand-rendered sketch art.

The original MARS ATTACKS series enjoys the distinction of being the most sought after and valuable non-sport trading card set of all time. Its legacy status has earned the new series Topps’ full “Heritage style” treatment.  In order to preserve the product’s retro sensibility, all cards will be printed on thick, old fashioned card stock. Similarly, the design treatments for the display box and wrapper mimic the now-classic 1962 packaging.

The trading cards will be complemented by a product licensing program geared primarily to core hobby fans.  A host of premium quality tie-ins are in the works:  action figures and plush toys (Mezco), comics and graphic novels (IDW), a commemorative book (Abrams), model kits (Moebius), costumes (Incogneato), T-shirts (Impact), statues and busts (Quarantine), holiday ornaments (Gentle Giant), limited-edition prints (Russell Walks), bobble head dolls and vinyl figures (Funko).  Regular updates about the cards and the licensed merchandise are posted on the official facebook page (www.facebook.com/marsattacks), catering to a growing community of over 50,000 followers.

For further information, contact: Adam Levine, email alevine@topps.com, phone (212) 376-0607

via Topps Press Release
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Mars Attacks! Martian Pop! Vinyl Figure by Funko $9.99

The invasion has begun!  In celebration of 50 Years of Martian Mayhem, Funko adds to their line of Pop! Vinyl figures with Topps’ classic MARS ATTACKS Martian Commander!  Over 4″ tall and eager to invade your desk!  With his classic ray gun and big domed brain, this little space invader stands ready to vaporize anything that stands in his way.

Mars Attacks! Wacky Wobbler Martian Bobble Head by Funko $12.99

The invasion has begun!  Funko and Topps are proud to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of MARS ATTACKS with this officially licensed Wacky Wobbler bobble-head!  Standing 7 inches tall and wielding his classic ray gun rifle, this dastardly Martian Commander comes in a full color window box.  Display him in the package, or take him out and let his big brain bobble. An instant classic from Funko!
(The quality of the image provided is not that good, so here’s another one… I think it’s a mock-up, but it looks better!)

New “Mousemask Murphy” Figures by Ron English

The new Ron English 10″ Mousemask Murphy vinyl figure is now available on the Garage Works website. The figure comes in an “international” color edition and a Japanese ZacPac Grey tone edition. Due to limited nature of these figures, only two figures can be sold per customer at the retail price of $140 each. Email them at info@garageworksindustries.com if you are interested in obtaining one or two figures!