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May 15, 2015 | 5:40 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Add some ‘Mad Max’ flair to your workspace

A scene from "Mad Max: Fury Road." (Warner Bros.)
For this week’s installment of Paycheck Friday, Hero Complex’s roundup of some of our favorite toys, books and other geek merchandise, we turn to the post-apocalyptic world depicted in “Mad Max.” Now in theaters, “Mad Max: Fury Road” follows Mad Max Rockatansky’s (Tom Hardy) quest for survival in a desert wasteland after civilization has collapsed. It is a world where, as director George Miller described to The Times in a previous interview, “all the bad things we see in the news come to pass: all the economic collapse, oil wars and water wars, even stuff we never see coming.” With that in mind, this week’s paycheck goes to re-creating a scaled-down version of this post-apocalyptic world to liven up your workspace. First, to set the appropriate mood, we recommend picking up the “Mad Max: Fury Road” soundtrack. While the standard […]
May 01, 2015 | 4:08 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Assemble your own ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ play set

'Avengers: Age of Ultron'
Welcome to a special all-Avengers installment of Paycheck Friday, a roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite geek merchandise including toys, games and books. “Avengers: Age of Ultron” hit theaters in North America today, so it’s only fitting that this week’s paycheck could be spent filling your own Avengers-themed toy box. Though statues and collectibles are definitely nice, for this installment we’re focusing on products that are best used after being torn out of their packaging for hands-on interaction. A must-have for any good toy box is a set of action figures, so the first item on this week’s roundup is this “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Captain America and Black Widow action figure set from Hasbro. It’s no secret that there is a slight disparity when it comes to the number of Black Widow figures compared with that of her […]
April 22, 2015 | 3:45 p.m.

‘DC Super Hero Girls’: DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. to launch a universe aimed at girls

'DC Super Hero Girls'
Girls can like superheroes too. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have heard the rallying cry of geek women everywhere and are launching “DC Super Hero Girls,” a new universe featuring some of their most iconic female characters re-imagined for girls ages 6-12. The announced lineup includes Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Bumble Bee, Poison Ivy and Katana (redesigned in age-appropriate attire, of course), a combination that will allow girls to explore their affinity for both superheroics and supervillainy. “’DC Super Hero Girls’ represents the embodiment of our long-term strategy to harness the power of our diverse female characters,” said Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment in a press release. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer relatable and strong role models in a unique way, just for girls.” “DC Super Hero Girls,” set for an initial launch […]
April 17, 2015 | 4:45 p.m.

Paycheck Friday: Celebrate ‘Star Wars’ with a collection of your own

Dressed as "Star Wars" character Oola, Moe Hunt of Chicago poses with Roxy the Rancor during the 2015 Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center on April 16. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Welcome to a special “Star Wars” edition of Paycheck Friday, a roundup of some of Hero Complex’s favorite toys, books, games and other merchandise. In honor of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this weekend, this week’s paycheck goes to expanding (or starting) the “Star Wars”-themed shelf in your geek cave. Included are picks for items available outside the confines of the Anaheim Convention Center, as well as some exclusives from the expo. First up we have the Lego Slave I set. When building a collection, it’s quite apropos to have a trophy that also displays your building skills. What better way to celebrate the “Star Wars” franchise than with a model of a ship that appears in films from the original trilogy and the prequel series? The Lego Slave I set also includes figures for Boba Fett and a carbonite-sealed […]
April 07, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.

TableTop Day: Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton urge you to ‘play more games’

Leslie Kim, left, and Ben Wright play Ticket to Ride during International Tabletop Gaming Day at Game Haus Cafe in Glendale on April 5, 2014. (Cheryl A. Guerrero / Los Angeles Times)
Settle into a comfy chair and break out your lucky dice — it’s time for the third annual International TableTop Day, brought to you by Geek & Sundry, and noted board game enthusiasts Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton. Not only will tabletop players around the globe celebrate their love of board games, but this year’s event — set for Saturday — has a charitable spin. Geek & Sundry is teaming with game publishers such as Looney Labs, AEG, Calliope Games and Steve Jackson Games to donate thousands of games to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and their affiliated chapters across the U.S. Last year’s Tabletop Day spawned over 3,000 events in 80 countries. This year, the event’s centerpiece will take place at L.A.’s Legendary Digital Network Soundstages, where Day, Wheaton and some 800 fans will be joined by  members of BBBSLA. The event will […]
Feb. 13, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.

Exclusive: Harry Potter characters get Pop! vinyl figures

Funko and Warner Bros. are introducing a line of Harry Potter-themed Pop! vinyl figures. (Warner Bros. / Funko)
Accio new toys! Funko and Warner Bros. are reimagining Harry Potter and his Hogwarts pals for the Pop! vinyl figures toy line. Hero Complex readers get a first look at renderings of the Dumbledore and Hagrid figures. Concept art for the complete toy line is debuting at the New York Toy Fair this weekend. This is the first time J.K. Rowling’s wizarding-world characters are being featured in Funko’s popular collectible toy line, which already includes fan-favorite characters from franchises such as “Game of Thrones,” “The Walking Dead,” “Star Wars” and the DC and Marvel universes. The toy line will include Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape and Rubeus Hagrid. Check them out in the gallery above. What are you most looking forward to at the New York Toy Fair? Let us know in the comments. […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 11:58 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ Marvel, ‘Doctor Who’ and more

Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2015
Was your meet-cute at Comic-Con? Do your date nights involve dice or game controllers? Do your love notes feature panels and word bubbles? If so, Hero Complex’s annual Valentine’s Day gift guide is for you and your geeky sweetheart. Whether your lover would rather command the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise or ride rogue in the Millennium Falcon, fight with the Avengers or the Justice League, capture ghosts or cast spells, we’ve got you covered for your last-minute gifts. Click through the gallery above for a quick look at our Valentine’s Day selections, or check out the list below, organized by price. Under $25 “Bounden” game, $3.99. Developed by Netherlands-based three-person studio Game Oven in conjunction with the Dutch National Ballet, “Bounden” is a mobile game that aims to teach players ballet, or at least inspire them to get closer […]
Feb. 04, 2015 | 12:14 p.m.

Lego to introduce ‘Doctor Who’-themed set later this year

A "Doctor Who" Lego set will materialize this year. (BBC America / Lego)
The Doctor will undergo yet another regeneration — this time, materializing as a Lego character. A “Doctor Who”-themed Lego set will go into production this year, the Lego Group announced Wednesday morning. The concept for the set was chosen after “Doctor Who” fan Andrew Clark submitted a design on the Lego Ideas website, where fans can vote for their favorite ideas to be produced. Clark, who works as a video game artist, offered a design featuring an unfolding TARDIS (the Doctor’s time machine and spaceship) and a range of Doctors, including incarnations played by fan favorites David Tennant and Tom Baker, as well as the current actor, Peter Capaldi. His concept also included several companions and monsters, among them Daleks and Weeping Angels. Lego has yet to release details about which characters and features will appear in the toy set, […]
Dec. 05, 2014 | 8:58 a.m.

Holiday gift guide: ‘Hobbit,’ Batman, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ more

Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide 2014
Ho, Ho, Ho(dor)! It’s the time of year for geek-friendly holiday shopping. Whether you’re shopping for fans of “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars,” Batman or Captain Marvel, the annual Hero Complex holiday gift guide has you covered. This year’s selections include some family-friendly video games for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U; gorgeous hardcover books celebrating the anniversaries of Marvel Comics, Batman, the Teen Titans, “Alien” and Hello Kitty; a Godzilla toy that’s probably bigger than your dog; and a quadcopter camera drone, among other selections. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Under $25 “Living Language Dothraki,” $3.99 app, $19.99 audiobook, $30 online course: Athchomar chomakaan! The Khal or Khaleesi in your life must command the Dothraki language before commanding the troops, and thanks to Living Language’s new course (offered as an app, CD and guide […]
July 26, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.

Comic-Con 2014: Sideshow Collectibles’ 20 years of genre artistry

A Han Solo in Carbonite. The life-size figure is part of a giveaway at the Sideshow Collectables booth. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Re-creating characters for a niche audience is always a slippery slope, and doing it for a cadre of collecting superfans is an even more daunting endeavor. But for 20 years, Sideshow Collectibles has been making detailed, scaled-down versions of monsters, heroes, comic book characters, movie icons, television legends and original creations. Located in Thousand Oaks, Sideshow sells sculptures — some of them are poseable figures but most are not — to discerning collectors through its website, through comic book and collectible stores, and through conventions like San Diego’s Comic-Con International. The pieces are made by committees of conceptual artists, sculptors, painters and more, and are not particularly mass-produced, averaging about 200 per order, so that they are coveted pieces of art. FULL COVERAGE: Comic-Con 2014 “We produce everything from 12-inch figures, retailing at $125, through to life-size figures, which retail for $5,000 […]
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