TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit, POMPEII Interviews, FANTASTIC FOUR Casting, Toy Fair 2014

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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

Toy Fair: Over 250 Pictures From Convention Floor Including FROZEN, BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, SONS OF ANARCHY, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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As someone with a major soft spot for Funko products, their booth at Toy Fair 2014 was a standout.  The company came with dozens of brand new items including The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy bobble heads, and POP! collections for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghostbusters, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and more.

Mattel showed off new Hot Wheels and Frozen products while Mezco Toyz previewed brand new pieces for Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad including a variety of six-inch Walter Whites (Bryan Cranston), a replication of the infamous pink teddy bear, and Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Clay (Ron Perlman) figurines. Underground Toys had a huge assortment of Doctor Who products while Cryptozoic Entertainment put some of their new trading card series on display.  We even caught the Khaleesi trying to sell some dragon eggs (or rather, paperweights) on the convention center floor.  We also got a look at toy lines for Anchorman 2, Axe Cop, Daft Punk, and so much more.  We snapped over 250 photos while walking around, so you can see Toy Fair for yourself after the jump.

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of New Figures from THE WALKING DEAD, Marvel, GODZILLA, ALIEN, BATMAN, GAME OF THRONES, STAR WARS, and More

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Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City is absolutely enormous.  There’s 412,000 net square feet of exhibit space and a whole section of it is devoted to action figures alone with high quality collectibles from Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Alien, Godzilla and so much more.

Dark Horse had a slew of Marvel Classic items on display, a bunch of Game of Thrones characters and even a bust of Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) from Grimm.  Kotobukiya came with loads of stunning Marvel designs including their April 2014 release, Nightwing, and also a Batman: Arkham Origins piece, but there’s still no debut date for that one.  The McFarlane Toys booth was loaded with Walking Dead characters with a 10-inch Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) as well as a statue of The Governor’s zombie fish tank.  Catch all of that and loads more after the jump.

Toy Fair: Over 100 Pictures from NECA Booth Including DIVERGENT, PACIFIC RIM, ALIEN, PREDATOR, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and More

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The moment the floor opened, the first stop of Toy Fair 2014 was the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) booth and it was a good thing we started there because this year’s display was overloaded with new items from Captain America: The Winter Solider, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Pacific Rim, Arkham Origins, The Dark Knight and so much more.  Divergent fans should have their eye on NECA, too, because the company also revealed a whole bunch of products for the March 21st release. Hit the jump for more on the upcoming Divergent line and the rest of the NECA 2014 lot including over 100 pictures.

Toy Fair: Over 150 Images of LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS, STAR WARS, LEGO MOVIE Sets; Descriptions of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and TMNT LEGO Sets

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Early this morning Collider had the pleasure of checking out the Lego display prior to the start of Toy Fair.  The company is rolling out its largest collection yet, 246 new products in total with a number of standouts in the mix.

We’ve got photos of all 17 The LEGO Movie products including the Toy Fair exclusive reveal, Metal Beard’s (voiced by Nick Offerman) pirate ship, the Sea Cow.  The Star Wars line welcomed pieces from the new Rebels television show as well as the Microfighters, a series that offers smaller versions of much larger ships like the Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing Fighter. Also in the spotlight at the event was the LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set and the house from The Simpsons, a design that folds open, letting you check out the iconic living room, kitchen and more inside. But then of course there were also some hot ticket items that weren’t ready just yet so couldn’t be photographed, but you can catch full descriptions of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy products after the jump.

Toy Fair 2014: Over 50 Pictures of KRE-O New Additions from the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Lines

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Hasbro brought a wide variety of KRE-O newcomers to Toy Fair this year, representing characters from the Transformers franchise as well as G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons.

Hasbro is clearly ramping things up for the June 27, 2014 release of Transformers: Age of Extinction because those characters were easily the most striking of the bunch.  The display included all 24 unique Kreon figures inspired by the movie as well as the Kreon Micro Changers Combiners assortments, four-figure sets that unite to form one larger robot.  The G.I. Joe line-up showed off loads of new Kreon characters including Lowlight, Atomic Man, Lady Jaye, Scrap-Iron, Night Creeper and loads more as well as the extensive Terror Drome building set.  And as for Dungeons & Dragons, that brand new line rocks 75 different Kreon characters as well as a number of other play elements all designed to reflect the experience of the fantasy game by facilitating competitive action battling.  Catch our images of all three lines after the jump.

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of the TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Toys Including Dinobots, Grimlock, Galvatron, Windblade, and More

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Toy Fair 2014 doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but Hasbro opted to beat the rush by holding an afternoon of previews and tours where we got the chance to check out loads of their upcoming toy lines and prototypes, a number of which come from the Transformers franchise.

With Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction heading towards a June 27, 2014 release, typically, Hasbro’s Transformers team would focus all of their effort on delivering movie-specific toys.  However, this year, on top of the designs directly connected to the film, we’ll also get a number of other figures associated with their classic generation line.  By the end of the year, we’ll have gotten 73 new Transformers figures including Crosshairs, the Dinobots Slug and Scorn, Drift, Gridlock, Galvatron, Nightbeat, the fan-created character Windblade, one-step changers and loads more.  Starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Kelsey GrammerStanley TucciT.J. MillerTitus WelliverHan Geng, Sophia Myles, and Li Bingbing, Transformers: Age of Extinction opens in theaters on June 27, 2014.  Hit the jump for over 70 pictures of the new toys.

Toy Fair 2014: New STAR WARS Toys Featuring STAR WARS REBELS Characters, The Command Line, Black Series Additions and More

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With the massive Star Wars film franchise expansion beginning on December 18, 2015 with the release of Star Wars: Episode VII, there are bound to be loads of movie-inspired toys on the way, but for now, Hasbro is revving its engines using preexisting film staples as well as the brand new CGI animated series, Star Wars Rebels, to continue to build the toy line.

The Star Wars Rebel collection introduces us to new characters including the Rebel heroes Ezra, Kanan and Zeb, as well as the villain the Inquisitor along with his lightsaber, which offers three ways to play – single blade, double blade and force disc form.  Over in the Black Series we’ve got six-inch figures of Luke and Anakin Skywalker as well as a number of 3.75-inch newcomers including Yoda, Darth Vader and more.  Also well worth noting is the brand new Star Wars Command line, which is essentially the Star Wars version of those little army men.  There’s an enormous selection of tiny characters and vehicles that ultimately, as one host joked during the presentation, give kids the tools to wage war.  He laughed and noted, “This isn’t Star Hugs!  It’s Star Wars!”  Hit the jump for over 40 pictures of the Command line and more.

Toy Fair 2014: Images of New Marvel Toys Featuring CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE AVENGERS, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and More

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Guardians of the Galaxy certainly stole most of the spotlight at Hasbro’s Toy Fair 2014 preview event, but there were also items from a number of other hot Marvel properties on hand as well.

The Captain America: The Winter Soldier super soldier gear was a centerpiece of the Marvel exhibit as one of few items that could be played with.  There were also high-end figurines of Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) on display.  A number of other Avengers made an appearance at the event as well including Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).  Right next door it was all about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a Silly String slinging booth as well as a slew of variant figurines of the hero.  Hit the jump to check it all out for yourself.

Toy Fair 2014: Over 30 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Toy Images Including Ronan the Accuse, Korath, Star-Lord’s Milano Ship, and More

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We’re still over five months away from the August 1, 2014 debut of Guardians of the Galaxy, but Hasbro is already making waves via the film’s monumental pre-release hype.  We just showed you Hasbro’s recreation of the first film still, but earlier today, Collider got the chance to check out those toys in person.

Not only were Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) all on hand at Hasbro’s Toy Fair 2014 preview event, but so were Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace), Nova, Korath the Pursuer (Djimon Hounsou), and Sakaaran, too.  Check out over 30 photos of all of those characters as well as Star-Lord’s Milano and Rocket Raccoon’s Warbird after the jump.

TOP 5: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES Set Visit, VES Awards Interviews, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, Toy Fair 2013

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Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.

My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.

Toy Fair 2013: New NECA Toys for 60′s BATMAN, AFTER EARTH, ROBOCOP, GREMLINS, PROMETHEUS, ALIENS, IRON MAN, PREDATOR, and More

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For our final Toy Fair image article, we’re doing a huge roundup of NECA toy images.  While they’re making figures/toys for all the regular movies and TV shows you’d expect, the highlight of NECA’s 2013 lineup is the 60′s Batman featuring Adam West!  The reason it’s taken so long to get an Adam West Batman is lawyers.  From what I’ve been told, Warner Bros. owns Batman, while 20th Century Fox owns the show.  For years the two companies have been trying to work out an agreement to release DVDs/Blu-rays and new merchandise with little success.  However, late last year, the two companies finally worked out a deal and 2013 should see a lot of new toys and hopefully a home video release.  Which is great news for the fans.

In addition to checking out the first 60′s Batman toy in quite some time, you can also see new toys for Aliens, A Christmas Story, Captain America, Michael Keaton’s Batman, Carrie, Gremlins, E.T., Harry Potter, Hulk, Iron Man, Pacific Rim, Predator, Prometheus, Scarface, Rambo, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Thor, and a lot more.

Toy Fair 2013: Over 100 Images from Convention Floor Including BATMAN, STAR WARS, REAL STEEL, SUPERMAN, Marvel, GODZILLA, IRON MAN, and More

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If you’re a toy collector, you’ve likely had a great past few days.  That’s because every February at Toy Fair in NYC, all the toy manufactures  show off tons of upcoming toys and many are being revealed for the first time.  Over the past 24 hours we’ve posted a ton of them broken down by manufacturer, and we’re not close to being done.  However, due to how many we’ve yet to post, I’m going to take a group approach to this article.

As you can see after the jump, we’ve got over 100 pictures from the convention floor and you can check out some of the new toys for Iron Man (and Iron Man 3), The Walking DeadBatmanThe Dark KnightStar Wars, DC Justice, Real Steel, Marvel Selects, Resident Evil, Arkham City, Star TrekSupermanThorWonder Woman, Tom Cruise from Mission Impossible, and much more.

Toy Fair 2013: New McFarlane Toys for THE WALKING DEAD, SPAWN and ASSASSIN’S CREED

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While some people like heavy articulation on their action figures, others just want something cool to sit on a desk.  Enter McFarlane Toys.  While they’re essentially just small statues, they have great attention to detail, and they always look cool wherever you display them.  At this year’s Toy Fair, McFarlane showed off some new toys for The Walking Dead, Spawn, and Assassin’s Creed.  Hit the jump to check them out.

Toy Fair 2013: Funko and Pop! Images for GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, IRON MAN 3, DC and Marvel Superheroes, STAR WARS, and More

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Every year at Comic-Con, I always see a huge line at the Funko/Pop! booth for their newest 4″ vinyl figures.  While I’m not as familiar with vinyl toys as I am action figures, I do know a lot of people collect them and they make a lot of convention exclusives.  Over the past few years, they’ve produced over 300 different characters ranging from Disney to Darth Vader.

At this year’s Toy Fair, Funko/Pop! showed off some of their upcoming figures as well as some Wacky Wobblers for Iron Man 3, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, DC and Marvel superheros, Ace Ventura, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check them out.

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