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Feb. 07, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.

Valentine’s Day gift guide: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Sherlock,’ comics and more

Hero Complex Valentine's Day gift guide (featured image)
Do you and your Valentine put Clark Kent and Lois Lane to shame? Or is your greatest love a platonic one, like Sherlock and Watson or Finn and Jake? Whether your loved one is a gamer, a Whovian or a comics aficionado, the Hero Complex Valentine’s Day gift guide has you covered. Click through the gallery above and check out the list below for our selection of the best geeky Valentine’s Day gift ideas, sure to make your sci-fi-loving soul mate swoon. Under $25 “The Adventures of Apocalypse Al,” $2.99 per issue: J. Michael Straczynski’s new Joe’s Comics title follows plucky redhead Allison Carter, a resourceful private investigator tasked with saving the world from all manner of supernatural threats — zombies, imps, wizards, closet trolls and even undead ex-boyfriends, all while dispensing wisecracks with deadpan aplomb. If that winning combination […]
Nov. 28, 2013 | 12:19 p.m.

Holiday gift guide 2013: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Hobbit,’ ‘Thrones’ and more

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You don’t have to take your broom to Diagon Alley, cross the Bifrost, traverse the Misty Mountains or steal a vortex manipulator to find the perfect gift for the Trekkie, Whovian or Westerosi-wannabe in your life. We’ve done the looking for you in our annual Hero Complex Holiday Gift Guide. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or another gamer, a comics enthusiast or film buff, we’ve got you covered. Click through the gallery above for a peek at our selections. Items are listed below, sorted by cost. Happy shopping, and happy holidays! Under $25 Millenium Falcon guitar pick, $2.49: Here’s a song for you: The Millenium Falcon, it’s a smugglers’ ship. It can make the Kessel Run in “less than 12 parsecs.” Han Solo and Lando Calrissian use it, but neither has it as pick to strum and make rebel music. […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 11:40 a.m.

Max Steel movie: Mattel action figure to get big screen treatment

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The popular cartoon and toy line hero Max Steel is set to take his turbo-energy powers to the big screen. Mattel is teaming up with Dolphin Entertainment and Open Road Films to develop a live-action feature film based on the character, the companies announced Wednesday. The “Max Steel” film will be written by Christopher Yost, who recently worked on “Thor: The Dark World” as well as several Marvel cartoon series, and directed by Stewart Hendler (“H+,” “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”). The film will be produced by Dolphin and distributed by Open Road. For the uninitiated, “Max Steel” tells the story of teenager Maxwell McGrath and his alien pal Steelis — a duo that can combine “turbo-energy powers” to generate the superhero Max Steel. The character has been around in various incarnations since the late 1990s, when Mattel introduced the […]
July 15, 2013 | 1:26 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Predator 3D’ toy to feature fans’ decapitated heads

Comic-Con: Predator 3D (featured image)
The alien monster Predator is on the hunt for San Diego Comic-Con attendees. To mark the 3-D Blu-ray release of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring “Predator,” Fox is dedicating a jungle-themed booth to the film and its iconic extra-terrestrial. “Predator” fans will be able to purchase custom-designed mini-figurines featuring their likeness. Because what fan wouldn’t want to see his or her own decapitated head, spine still attached, being held up by a Predator? The action figures will be created using photographs of participants (taken at the booth) and 3-D printing. The figurines will be mailed to buyers after the convention. Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek. The booth will also feature a Comic-Con exclusive “Predator 3D” head as well as the opportunity to preorder the Blu-ray. The release follows last year’s 3-D version of “I, Robot.” Comic-Con International […]
June 28, 2013 | 11:34 a.m.

Exclusive: Hasbro honors ‘Transformers’ history with Comic-Con toys

Comic-Con 2013 Transformers toys Optimus Prime (featured image)
This year’s Hasbro Transformers Comic-Con toys pay homage to the franchise’s 29-year history, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at them. The three special-edition Comic-Con toy sets run the gamut of the brand’s evolution. In preparation for the brand’s 30th anniversary, one of the sets pays tribute to Transformers: Generation 1 — the original toy line that launched in 1984. The Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set features five classic characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock. “These are five of the greatest Transformers characters ever,” said Jerry Jivoin, Hasbro’s global brand marketing director for Transformers, in a statement. Jivoin said the figures feature the original G1 colors and sculpts, based on the 1980s designs. Another toy set — Shockwave’s Laboratory — finds inspiration from today’s popular animated series “Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters” (currently airing on the Hub network) and […]
June 14, 2013 | 3:57 p.m.

‘Man of Steel’ merchandise: Costumes, shirts, toys flying into stores

Mattel's "Man of Steel" Movie Masters figures ($14.99 each) feature an assortment of heroes and villains from the film, including Jor-El, Superman, General Zod and Faora. (Jeff O'Brian / Warner Bros. Consumer Products.)
The already-ubiquitous Superman symbol is about to get a lot more popular. Whether or not “Man of Steel” dominates the box office this weekend, the studio can probably count on it being a cash cow for merchandising. The Warner Bros. film, opening in theaters Friday and starring Henry Cavill as the titular character, is accompanied by a host of “Man of Steel”-inspired products, including T-shirts, baseball caps, action figures, costumes and Lego sets. “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”), is Superman’s first time on the big screen since Brandon Routh’s turn in 2006. Among Cavill’s costars are Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Michael Shannon as General Zod. PHOTOS: 50 images from ‘Man of Steel’ Toys and apparel are available featuring the Last Son […]
May 23, 2013 | 6:02 p.m.

‘Star Wars’: Life-size Lego X-wing Starfighter coming to California

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The White House rejected a petition to build a Death Star, but a different piece of “Star Wars” machinery has been brought to life — with Lego. On Thursday in New York City’s Times Square, Lego unveiled its largest model ever: A life-size X-wing Starfighter, constructed out of Lego bricks — 5,335,200 of them, to be exact. The “Star Wars” X-wing replica, which weighs nearly 46,000 pounds and contains a full-scale R2-D2 in the cockpit, was created to promote “The Yoda Chronicles,” a new Lego Star Wars three-part animated series premiering next week on Cartoon Network. The model will remain in Times Square through Saturday. Afterward it will land at Legoland California Resort, where it will be on display through the remainder of 2013. The X-wing Starfighter is, of course, the ship that Luke Skywalker and other members of the […]
March 28, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.

Superman turns 75: 75 super images of the Man of Steel

Superman at 75
Superman looks good for 75. The Last Son of Krypton’s 75th anniversary coincides with the June 14 release of “Man of Steel,” easily one of the top 13 must-see movies of 2013. Superman arrived on the scene in June of 1938 in “Action Comics” No. 1, one of the most coveted comic books in history. (If you see a dusty copy of the original at a garage sale, snap it up. Only a few dozen copies are believed to be in existence. An original netted $2.1 million for actor and collector Nicolas Cage.) Quiz: How well do you know Superman? In that debut issue, Superman was introduced as a mythic hero and champion of the oppressed. The brainchild of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster proved so popular with readers that he soon landed his very own comic series. In honor of Superman’s 75th anniversary, […]
March 27, 2013 | 9:39 a.m.

Quiz: Superman at 75 — how well do you know the Man of Steel?

Superman comic book covers throughout the years. (DC Comics)
Superman is turning 75. When Superman first leaped (not flew, mind you) onto the pages of “Action Comics” No. 1 in 1938, the Man of Steel heralded the beginning of the superhero comics genre, paving the way for Batman, Spider-Man and many more spandex-wearing crime fighters. But there is only one Superman. His super-speed, super-strength and a noble devotion to truth, justice and the American way have helped make Superman the most enduring figure in comics, inspiring several landmark portrayals in television, on stage and in film, including the upcoming “Man of Steel,” in theaters June 14. “It’s precisely because we have so many dark heroes (Batman), and fraught ones (Spider-Man), that we’re aching for a big blue Boy Scout who knows right from wrong instinctively, and never wavers from the light or is sidetracked by anxieties,” said Larry Tye, who wrote […]
March 08, 2013 | 12:46 p.m.

International Women’s Day: Superheroines with some kick

Emma Watson in the "Harry Potter" films and Carrie Fisher in "Star Wars." (Warner Bros., Lucasfilm)
International Women’s Day is being honored today with that singular cultural touchstone: a Google Doodle. The doodle drawing of faces of women around the world artistically honors the advancement of women’s rights — one of the chief goals of International Women’s Day — and the fact that a woman’s work, it seems, is never done. Hero Complex is celebrating International Women’s Day in the best way it knows how: with a photo gallery of women from film, TV, games and comic books who embody female empowerment and, let’s face it, kick booty. (Yes, we said “booty,” but only because the L.A. Times censors made us.) Beyoncé as Wonder Woman? Now we know there’s a long list of complaints about women in genre. Chiefly, that they are hyper-sexualized sidekicks who do little more than bust out of their curve-hugging costumes. And, […]
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