Collector Support Needed For Future DC Toy Releases

6/24/09 UPDATE

The DC Infinite Heroes 6 pack, Teen Titans Mallah’s Revenge will be a Walmart exclusive later this year.



The 2 packs of Batman and Clayface, Superman and Brainiac, will be available at Toys-R-Us and some online retailers in June or July 2009. I don’t know if the Supergirl and Lex Luthor, Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl, 2-packs will ever be released.



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12/20/08
Here is an update from Toy Guru at Mattel.

Hey toy fans,
So here is the deal with the new DCUC 2 packs and new DCIH Teen Titans Mallah's Revenge 6 packs that has shown up on some internet sites.




( These are unpainted prototype photos. )

These are currently "proposed" packs which we would very much like to get to. What are the factors holding them up you say? Well fan interest that is what!

To generate this, we have offered these packs to online retailers in hopes of generating enough pre-sales and support going into production. If we do recieve that and can hit the minimum order quantity we need to go into production, these packs will roll out throughout 2009. Here is the skinny:

Batman vs Clayface (January 2009?)

Batman will be in his black and gray costume with "mud splatter" effects. Clayface will be an exact reissue of this hard to find figure.



Superman vs Brainiac (April 2009?)

This is proposed as a standard Superman figure (Eradicator head on the Wave 6 Superman body with red heat vision eyes) vs. Classic Brainiac (green head) with an all new head and collar piece. Brainic will come armed with Luthor's gun from the 2007 figure.



Supergirl vs. Luthor (July 2009?)

This will be a reissue of the Blue outfit Kara Supergirl and the power suit Lex, but perhapes with a little surprise in the accessories!



Golden Age Hawkman & Hawkgirl Pack (September 2009?)

Two new figures to start your golden age collection.


So again, all of these packs are pending fan interest. Because they are not being carried (at this time) by any of the large box stores, we need to generate a minimum order before we can turn on the green light and go into production.

And while many may ask "why not sell these on MattyCollector.com?", well, that is because we have other more intensive packs with more obscure characters from the DC universe planned for the Matty.com offerings which are already going forward - check out the new issue of Toy Fare for a sneak peak at Alex Luthor and Ultraman. These 4 packs are meant to get harded to find figures back in collectors hands. (vs the Matty packs are all news characters in each pack).

If these packs do not get produced, we will try to work these characters back into the line down the road. But for now, the best way to show support for these packs is to place pre orders with your favorite online retailer today!

Also, look for a surprise reveal on
MattyCollector.com right after Xmas this year!


Toy Guru

Doctor Who The Complete 4th Series



I picked up series 4 of Doctor Who. I love this show and this was a great season.


  • Disc 1:
    • Voyage of the Damned (2007 Christmas Special; 70 mins)
        The Doctor and new friend Astrid sail into trouble on an interstellar replica of the famous ocean liner Titanic.

  • Disc 2:
    • Partners in Crime
        Donna is determined to find the Doctor again - even if it means braving the villainous Miss Foster and her hordes of sinister Adipose.

    • The Fires of Pompeii
        Psychic powers and stone beasts run riot in old Pompeii, but can Donna dare the Doctor to change established history?

    • Planet of the Ood
        The Doctor takes Donna to her first alien world - but the Ood-Sphere reveals some terrible truths about the Human Race.

  • Disc 3:
    • The Sontaran Stratagem
        Martha Jones summons the Doctor back to modern-day Earth, but an old enemy lies in wait.

    • The Poison Sky
        As the Sontarans choke the Earth, the Doctor battles to keep both Martha and Donna alive.

    • The Doctor's Daughter
        On the planet Messaline, in the middle of an endless war, the Doctor meets the most important woman of his life.

    • The Unicorn and the Wasp
        In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 10 days. Was it amnesia? A nervous breakdown? Or a Giant Alien Wasp...?

  • Disc 4:
    • Silence in the Library
        The Doctor and Donna enter a world of terror inside an abandoned library. They're given only one warning: "Count the shadows".

    • Forest of the Dead
        As the shadows rise, the Doctor forges an alliance with the mysterious River Song. But can anyone stop the Vashta Nerada?

    • Midnight
        The Doctor is trapped, powerless and terrified, on the planet Midnight, as the knocking on the wall begins...

  • Disc 5:
    • Turn Left
        As Donna's world collapses, she finds help from a mysterious blonde woman - but can Donna and Rose stop the approaching Darkness?

    • The Stolen Earth
        Earth's greatest heroes assemble, to fight the New Dalek Empire. But a fearsome old enemy waits in the shadows...

    • Journey's End
        As Davros and the Daleks threaten the entire universe, the Doctor's companions join forces. But the prophecy declares that one of them will die...

  • Disc 6
    • Special Features: Doctor Who Confidential edits

MattyCollector product release dates

In July 2008, Mattel opened a new website for toy collectors, called MattyCollector.com.



Here is a product release update from their site.

Hey Toy Fans,
As we get closer to 2009, (when MattyCollector.com will really take off with new product every month!) we finally have on-sale dates to announce. Here are the first batch of items to look forward to in 2009!



DCUC Adam Strange™ and Starfire™ 2 -pack — on sale Jan 15, 2009


MOTU Classics Skeletor™ — on sale Jan 15, 2009


MOTU Classic Stratos™ — on sale Feb 15, 2009

 



JLU Gotham Criminals 4 Pack — on sale Feb 15, 2009 (Bane™, Clock-King™, Harley Quinn™, Scarecrow)

DC Universe Classics Archive Update

Big news from MattyCollector.com.

We are thrilled to announce the premier of WAVE 8 of DCU Classics figures!
Look for these to hit stores in mid-Spring 2009. Truly some of the best figures we have done to date!

Wave 8 will include:

Hawkgirl™
Gentleman Ghost™
Dr Fate™ (with a chase classic version)
Parademon™ (both Red and Yellow versions split 50/50!)
Mr. Terrific™
Vigilante
Commander Steel™

And drum roll…the Collect and Connect™ bonus figure, and our biggest yet at a whopping 10 inches is… GIGANTA™

Larger photos can be seen at the DC Universe Classics Archive.


Hawkgirl™

Dr Fate™
Dr Fate™ (classic)



Gentleman Ghost™

Parademon™ (both Red and Yellow versions)



Mr. Terrific™

Commander Steel™
Vigilante


GIGANTA™

Cool Custom Figure: Tyr

Here is a cool custom figure made by Airmax.
This is a really great DC Universe Classics version of Tyr.

Head: DCUC Red Tornado
Body: DCUC Black Manta
Left arm: DCUC Orion
Right arm: MotU 200x Trap-Jaw
Legs: DCUC Black Manta





Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6


I bought Volume 6 of the Looney Tunes series.

Disc one titled Looney Tunes All Stars, is comprised of 15 shorts that feature all the best-loved characters in the classic shorts including Hare Trigger, was directed by Friz Freleng. In My Little Duckaroo, which was directed by Chuck Jones, Daffy Duck sets out along side his companion Porky to capture the villain, Nasty Canasta in order to collect a $10,000 reward. Directed by Friz Freleng, Satan's Waiting stars Tweety and Sylvester in a hilarious short that follows Sylvester as he encounters the end of each of his nine lives during several mishaps he experiences while chasing after Tweety. Other shorts featured on this disc include Birth of a Notion, Heaven Scent, Dog Gone South, A Ham in a Hole and several others.

Disc two titled Patriotic Pals, includes a collection of 15 shorts with war time and patriotic themes, including Herr Meets Hare, which was one of the last major wartime cartoons from Warner Bros. and features Bugs Bunny who accidentally winds up in Germany while trying to make his way to Las Vegas. In Daffy - the Commando, Daffy Duck stars as a commando who is dropped behind enemy lines and wreaks havoc on the German Commander, Von Vulture, who tries to capture him. The Ducktators satirizes various events of World War II. Other shorts on this disc include Russian Rhapsody, Bosko the Doughboy, Rookie Review, Wacky Blackout and many more.

Disc three titled Bosko, Buddy and Merrie Melodies features 15 rare treasures from the original Looney Tunes before they were known as Looney Tunes. Bosko was a recurring cartoon character who was the star of over three dozen Looney Tunes shorts. This disc features several of his shorts including Congo Jazz, Bosko's Picture Show, Bosko in Person and others. Another character similar to Bosko is Buddy. In his shorts, Buddy was usually accompanied by his flapper girlfriend, Cookie and his dog Towser. Cartoons include Buddy's Day Out, Buddy's Circus and Buddy's Beer Garden.

Disc four titled Most Requested Assorted Nuts, features 15 favorite shorts that defy any classification. They include such classics as Horton Hatches the Egg, which is based on the famous children's book by Dr. Seuss and tells the story of Horton the Elephant, who is convinced by an irresponsible bird named Mayzie to sit on her egg until hatches. Now Hear This features the story of an elderly man who happens to find the devil's left horn. Martian Through Georgia, is the story of a sad and bored Martian who travels to Earth in search of happiness. Other shorts on this disc include Lights Fantastic, Fresh Airdale, Chow Hound, The Oily American, Rocket-Bye Baby, Goo Goo Goliath and many more.

CustomCon 20 - Summer 2008



CustomCon 20 started today.
Check out the latest custom action figure creations at The Fwoosh. Check back each day of this five day event for new customs and be sure to read the creative recipes.


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DCUC Custom Showcase


Action Figure Insider is holding their first DCUC Custom Showcase event this weekend.

Click here to visit the website.

Welcome to AFI’s DCUC Custom Showcase - June 2008
Customizing action figures - the ability to take an existing action figure, and patiently shaping, altering, perfecting it with your own vision into a true work of art. For years, customizers have been sanding, painting, sculpting, boiling-and-popping, frankenstein-ing, even creating new joints and heads, all for the love of the hobby (and maybe for occasional compensation here and there). What is it about custom figures that we all love so much? The skill involved in creating these masterpieces? Or the never-before-seen characters? We can all agree they’re addicting, whether you enjoy creating them, buying them or just gazing at the endless amount of online customized figure galleries. And that appreciation for this craft is the focus of the DCUC Custom Showcase.

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The Middleman - Fighting Evil So You Don't Have To

I just saw the premiere episode of a new TV series called The Middleman. Based on a comic book, this show is a blend of sci-fi, action and comedy that will please the geek at heart. If you like watching Torchwood, Men In Black and Get Smart, you just might like The Middleman. The dialog is great to listen to with lots of pop culture references from comics to music. The show is on Monday nights at 8:00pm eastern on ABC Family.



Wendy Watson (Natalie Morales) thought mindless temp jobs were tough. Then she bravely faced a creature way beyond the bounds of her reality, and in so doing, impressed the straight-laced hero known as the Middleman (Matt Keeslar). Hello, new career! Now she's balancing her art, her friends, and saving the planet while battling alien evils for the world's most ludicrously secret organization. "The Middleman" -- fighting evil so you don't have to.



One of the other things that I liked is that The Middleman cruises around in a black Dodge Charger.
Much better than a POS Ford LTD.

Rapidweaver 4.0.1 Released



Realmac Software Release RapidWeaver 4.0.1 on June 6th 2008. I downloaded the new version and finally tried it out today. I like the new layout of the tool bars and menus. It also seemed to process the updates much faster that before. Read More...

New 'Cuda Custom Concept Car

Another custom ‘Cuda has surfaced. This time it’s a convertible. The first one that I saw was shown at the SEMA 2007 event. After seeing the new convertible, I realize just how much I want the Plum Crazy paint on a new Dodge Challenger. For more photos go to Autoblog.

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2009 Dodge Challenger Pricing Announced



PRESS RELEASE
Pricing for All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger to Start in Low $20s

• Three flavors: Dodge Challenger SE, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SRT8®
• All-new five-passenger, two-door coupe available for under $22,000
• Available 5.7-liter HEMI® with five-speed automatic transmission for under $30,000
• Dodge dealerships now taking orders for the 2009 Dodge Challenger

Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge announced pricing today for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger. The U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) will start at $21,995, which includes $675 for destination. Dodge dealers across the country are now taking orders for the 2009 Dodge Challenger, which will arrive this fall.

2009 Dodge Challenger SE
With a U.S. MSRP of $21,995 (including $675 destination), the Dodge Challenger SE comes standard with a 3.5-liter High Output V-6 engine which produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. (339 N•m) of torque. Mated with a four-speed automatic transmission, the Dodge Challenger SE achieves an estimated 18 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T
The U.S. MSRP for the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T is $29,995. Featuring the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, the Dodge Challenger R/T produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. (540 N•m) of torque when paired with the standard five-speed automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI engine with five-speed automatic transmission is equipped with fuel-saving multi-displacement (MDS) technology which increases fuel economy by as much as 20 percent without sacrificing performance.

Dodge Challenger SRT8
The U.S. MSRP for the 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is $39,995 (including $675 destination). The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 offers an available six-speed manual transmission or standard five-speed automatic transmission mated to the SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that produces 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. (569 N•m) of torque. New for 2009 is a standard limited-slip differential, High Performance Red and B5 Blue (late availability) exterior paint and black hood stripes. A classic “pistol-grip” shifter is included with the available Track Pak which includes the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission with Hill-start Assist.

Apple Previews Mac OS X Snow Leopard to Developers


SAN FRANCISCO—June 9, 2008—Apple® today previewed Mac OS® X Snow Leopard, which builds on the incredible success of OS X Leopard and is the next major version of the world’s most advanced operating system. Rather than focusing primarily on new features, Snow Leopard will enhance the performance of OS X, set a new standard for quality and lay the foundation for future OS X innovation. Snow Leopard is optimized for multi-core processors, taps into the vast computing power of graphic processing units (GPUs), enables breakthrough amounts of RAM and features a new, modern media platform with QuickTime® X. Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 and is scheduled to ship in about a year.

“We have delivered more than a thousand new features to OS X in just seven years and Snow Leopard lays the foundation for thousands more,” said Bertrand Serlet, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “In our continued effort to deliver the best user experience, we hit the pause button on new features to focus on perfecting the world’s most advanced operating system.
Snow Leopard delivers unrivaled support for multi-core processors with a new technology code-named “Grand Central,” making it easy for developers to create programs that take full advantage of the power of multi-core Macs. Snow Leopard further extends support for modern hardware with Open Computing Language (OpenCL), which lets any application tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU computing power previously available only to graphics applications. OpenCL is based on the C programming language and has been proposed as an open standard. Furthering OS X’s lead in 64-bit technology, Snow Leopard raises the software limit on system memory up to a theoretical 16TB of RAM.

Using media technology pioneered in OS X iPhone™, Snow Leopard introduces QuickTime X, which optimizes support for modern audio and video formats resulting in extremely efficient media playback. Snow Leopard also includes Safari® with the fastest implementation of JavaScript ever, increasing performance by 53 percent, making Web 2.0 applications feel more responsive.*

For the first time, OS X includes native support for Microsoft Exchange 2007 in OS X applications Mail, iCal® and Address Book, making it even easier to integrate Macs into organizations of any size.

*Performance will vary based on system configuration, network connection and other factors. Benchmark based on the SunSpider JavaScript Performance test on an iMac® 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system running Mac OS X Snow Leopard, with 2GB of RAM.

Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.

Go Danica!




On April 19th, 2008, Danica Patrick became the first female driver to WIN an Indy Car race event.

CustomCon 19 - Spring 2008

CustomCon 19 started today.
Check out the latest custom action figure creations at RTM, Raving Toy Maniac. Check back each day of this five day event for new customs and be sure to read the creative recipes.

http://www.toymania.com/customcorner/cc19/index.shtml

Batman: The Brave and the Bold


Cartoon Network has announced Batman: The Brave and The Bold, a new animated series slated to debut in 2008.

"Batman isn't going at it alone this time! From Warner Bros. Animation comes the latest interpretation of the classic Batman franchise. Our caped crusader is teamed up with heroes from across the DC Universe, delivering nonstop action and adventure with a touch of comic relief. Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Aquaman and countless others will get a chance to uphold justice alongside Batman. Though still based in Gotham, Batman will frequently find himself outside city limits, facing situations that are both unfamiliar and exhilarating. With formidable foes around every corner, Batman will still rely on his stealth, resourcefulness and limitless supply of cool gadgets to bring justice home."

The series, consisting of 30-minute episodes, will be produced by James Tucker and Linda M. Steiner -- the team behind Legion of Super Heroes -- and will be executive produced by Sam Register. Other creators include line producer Amy McKenna, story editor Michael Jelenic and directors Ben Jones, Brandon Vietti and Michael Chang.

Birds of Prey: The Complete Series



BURBANK, CA (April 2, 2008) – The wait is over! Birds of Prey, the hit WB show, will finally make it to DVD. Three young female heroines will be fighting together, living together, and soaring into adventure together when Warner Home Video's (WHV) releases of Birds of Prey: The Complete Series on July 15, 2008 for $39.98 SRP. Birds of Prey: The Complete Series includes all 13 episodes from the series plus all-new bonus features in a 4-disc collection.

From the creators of the CW hit Smallville, Birds of the Prey was produced in 2002 for the WB and is loosely based on the DC Comics series with the same name. The hit show brought in 7.6 million viewers each week and was the largest audience in the 18-34 demographic for the network at that time. While the world was sleeping at night, the Birds of Prey flock together to fight crime on the streets of New Gotham City. Several years after the city was abandoned by Batman, the awesome threesome of Huntress (Ashley Scott), Oracle (Dina Meyer), and Dinah (Rachel Skarsten) was formed. Huntress is the daughter of Batman and Catwoman, and can smell danger from miles away. Dinah has the gift of clairvoyance and Oracle leads the team through her cyber experience, despite being wheelchair bound by the Joker. During the course of the show, the girls are often confronted with schemes masterminded by Dr. Quinzel, but always prevail and beat her at her own game.


"The Birds of Prey continues the legacy of Batman in an action-packed show with a trio of female heroines that are adored by fans," said Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV Marketing, "We are delighted to finally release Birds of Prey: The Complete Series for the very loyal fan base and a new generation of comics lovers."

In addition to the entire series, complete with 13 full episodes, Birds of Prey: The Complete Series includes never-before-seen special features such as:
  • Gotham Girls S1-3 – An animated series of shorts starring the Birds of Prey characters.

Birds of Prey: The Complete Series
Street Date: July 15, 2008
DVD SRP: $39.98
Running Time: 727 mins

2009 Dodge Challenger SE, R/T and SRT8

Three models will be offered in for the 2009 model year including the Dodge Challenger SE, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SRT8.


The Challenger RT will come with the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V8 mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission producing 370 horsepower and 398 ft-lbs of torque.  An optional precision-shift six-speed manual transmission with pistol grip handle is also available, horsepower & torque increase to 375 and 404 respectively with this option.


The Dodge Challenger SE is powered by the 3.5-liter High Output V6 with a four-speed automatic transmission producing 250 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft of torque.

PRESS RELEASE
Introducing the All-New 2009 Dodge Challenger
35 Years Later, Dodge Redefines Modern American Muscle

  • Re-creation of vintage American muscle car blends nostalgic flair with modern engineering and technology

  • First five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from proven Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger platform

  • First modern-day, HEMI®-powered car offered with precision-shift six-speed manual transmission

  • New-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 delivers increased fuel economy (an estimated 5 percent) with more horsepower (30 hp) and improved torque (8 lb.-ft.)

  • 5.7-liter HEMI goes from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds

  • SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine goes from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds

  • Best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room provides spacious back seat for up to three adults

  • Best-in-class trunk space (16.2 cu. ft.) equal to the Dodge Charger

  • New “EZ” entry with high-mounted seat-back lever for easy, one-handed operation; enables second-row passengers to enter and exit with ease

  • More than 25 safety and security features including supplemental side-curtain air bags, advanced multi-stage air bags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and anti-lock brakes

  • Equipped with cutting-edge technology including MyGIG™ radio/navigation, UConnect® Hands-free Communication System, Keyless Go push-button start and Remote Start

  • To ensure quality, Dodge Challenger engineers logged nearly 3.2 million customer-equivalent miles in the development process

  • All-new 2009 Dodge Challenger to arrive this fall

The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger merges the best American muscle-car characteristics - unmistakable design, world-class handling, powerful engines, and technology - designed to delight driving enthusiasts across several generations.
“Our all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger is a modern-day muscle machine representing the best from the past and present,” said Mike Accavitti, Director, Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing, Chrysler LLC. “Thirty-five years following the debut of the original, we are bringing Dodge Challenger back and loading it with essential hardware, styling and technology desired by today’s buyer.”
The Dodge Challenger is the first five-passenger, two-door coupe produced from Chrysler’s proven rear-wheel-drive platform that delivers the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. Developed with Dodge’s credo of “bold, powerful and capable,” the Challenger delivers a modern two-door muscle car.
Three models will be offered in North America: Dodge Challenger SRT8®, Dodge Challenger R/T and Dodge Challenger SE.
Essential Hardware
The Dodge Challenger R/T features the new-generation 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission that produces an estimated 370 horsepower (276 kW) and 398 lb.-ft. of torque (540 N•m). For 2009, the HEMI engine is upgraded to get an estimated five percent improvement in fuel economy as well as an increase of 30 horsepower (9 percent) and 8 lb.-ft. improved torque (2 percent) over a greater range of engine speeds. The Dodge Challenger R/T also offers a precision-shift six-speed manual transmission - the first for a new-generation HEMI-powered car - that produces 375 horsepower (280 kW) and 404 lb.-ft. of torque (548 N•m) when running on premium fuel. The Dodge Challenger R/T can go from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds.
The 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an SRT-exclusive 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine mated with a new-for-2009 six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick that generates a blistering 425 horsepower (317 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 N•m). The vehicle can go from zero to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
The Dodge Challenger SE powered by the 3.5-liter High Output V-6 with a four-speed automatic transmission produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque (339 N•m).
Patterned off the Dodge Charger architecture, the front suspension and five-link independent rear suspension system on all Dodge Challenger models provide excellent ride and handling characteristics.
Essential Styling
The Dodge Challenger design team stayed true to the concept revealed at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, while drawing upon elements from the original Challenger. The result: a bold, aggressive muscle machine that blends nostalgia with modern Dodge style.
“Our designers wanted to capture the mind’s-eye view of what people today remember about the Dodge Challenger from 35 years ago,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice President – Design, Chrysler LLC. “Their challenge was to excite today’s customer by capturing the emotion of the original Challenger, while offering today’s comfort and performance.”
On the exterior, the long, raised performance hood with scoops and recessed grille with round dual headlamps are reminiscent of the original Dodge Challenger. The bold A-line, or character line, that runs from stem to stern gives the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger an instantly recognizable muscle car profile. Retro dual rectangular exhaust outlets complete the look from the rear.
On the interior, the trapezoidal theme of the door-panel cove and gauge cluster, dark headliner and slanted shifter console are inspired by the original Dodge Challenger. The modern interpretation of the Dodge Challenger offers exceptional rear seating for a two-door coupe, achieving best-in-class rear head (37.4 inches) and leg (32.6 inches) room compared to the competition. Coupled with best-in-class cargo space (16.2 cu. ft.) - equal to the Dodge Charger - the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers added comfort and functionality.
Essential Technology
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger offers customers a full range of innovative technologies including:
  • MyGIG™ provides a cutting-edge multimedia audio and entertainment system, with built-in navigation

  • UConnect® Hands-free Communication System provides convenient, voice-activated communication with Bluetooth® cellular phones

  • SIRIUS® Digital Satellite Radio offers a variety of commercial-free radio programs and music for enhanced listening enjoyment

  • Keyless Go allows the driver to start the vehicle with the simple push of a button

  • Remote Start starts a secured vehicle with the key fob

  • More than 25 Safety and Security Features

Dodge Challenger offers more than 25 safety and security features including:
  • Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers

  • Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) modulate the brakes for the driver to provide steering control while braking

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies selective braking or throttle reduction to control oversteer and understeer

  • Brake Assist ensures maximum braking action during panic stops

  • Traction Control reduces the throttle and/or applies selective braking to optimize traction during acceleration

  • Hill Start Assist (HSA) for Manual Transmission application assists the driver in launching the vehicle on an incline

  • Automatic Headlamps turn headlamps on at dusk and off in the daylight without driver intervention

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) alerts driver about low tire pressure(s) in order to facilitate safe handling

2009 Dodge Challenger Production
The all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. It will be built on the same assembly line as the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.
Source: Chrysler.com

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Action Figures

Diamond Select Toys has announced their second series of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine action figures.

This second series expands the crew of the former Cardassian space station by including the genetically-enhanced Dr. Julian Bashir, the best engineer this side of the Wormhole – Chief Miles O’Brien and the depth-perception impaired Klingon – Martok!  Also featured are the Previews Exclusive Colonel Kira Nerys in her Starfleet uniform and a limited two-pack containing Chancellor Gowron and a Season 4 style Lieutenant Commander Worf!



DC Infinite Heroes

Mattel has revealed a new line of 3.75 inch action figures called DC Infinite Universe.

I've always said that there should be a 3.75 inch DC Universe with realistic sculpts and limited articulation similar to Star Wars figures.

DC Direct tried Pocket Superheroes, but not realistic enough for me.
DC Minimates, look cool but not a collection I would go after.

Mattel's DC Infinite Heroes finally got it right.
Pictured below are: Gotham City Police Officers, Commissioner Gordon, Black Adam, Flash: Jay Garrick, Supergirl, Bizarro, Wonder Girl, Batwoman, Batman, Catwoman, GCPD Police, The Question, Hush, Black Hand, LexCorp Goon?, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Green Lantern, GCPD Police, Power Girl, Shazam! (Captain Marvel), Zoom, Wildcat, Killer Croc, Weather Wizard, Thanagarian Guards and Hawkman.

Cool Custom Figure: Supergirl

Here is a cool custom figure make by fp_spirit.

The recipe is:
DC Superheroes Supergirl body
DC Direct Superman/Batman Series 2 Supergirl cape
DC Direct Flamebird head
painted the boots to match the cape
painted the skin to match the head


DC Superhero Barbies for 2008

Mattel will be releasing some new DC Superhero Barbie figures this year.
These figures look like they use the new body type. They will be in the collectors series and priced about $35.00 each.

The current release dates are:
Batgirl - July 2008
Supergirl - August 2008
Black Canary - September 2008
Wonder Woman - October 2008



2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 #43 Charity Auction

Check out this special eBay auction.



After nearly 35 years, the All-New 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is revving up and getting ready to race off of the production line; but when the first Challengers hit the market, only ONE of them will be painted in legendary B5 Blue, honoring racing legend Richard Petty. And it could be yours along with a custom #43 Richard Petty Designed Decal Package*.

The winning bidder will drive away in the #43 Challenger painted in B5 Blue, with "carbon fiber" look hood stripes, featuring a 6.1L SRT HEMI® V8 engine and a five-speed AutoStick® transmission.

All proceeds will benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children with chronic illness, founded by Kyle Petty, in honor of his late son, Adam.


The Winner will also receive:
• Two VIP Passes to the May 2008 Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR race at Darlington Raceway, South Carolina
• Meet-and-greet session with Kyle Petty
• Roundtrip airfare for two and lodging
• Dodge Motorsports prize pack delivered at the Dodge Challenger 500 NASCAR race


New York Comic Con: Exclusive Mattel DC Universe Classics

At the 2008 New York Comic Con, Mattel will be offering an exclusive Mr.Freeze action figure. They will also make the Knight Shadow Batman and Black Suit Superman available again.


Mr.Freeze


Knight Shadow Batman


Black Suit Superman

Dodge Challenger Dashboard

The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 was revealed on February 6th. It's a beautiful car on the outside, but kind of plain on the inside. What happened from concept to production? It looks like Dodge pulled some parts from other cars rather then do a redesign of the dashboard.


The gauges on the Dodge Challenger concept were designed to look like engine cylinders.



This is the dashboard from the Dodge Challenger concept car. Notice the trapezoid shapes everywhere. The dash and console have a nice contrast. I love that 3 pronged steering wheel and the pistol grip shifter.



Here is another concept dashboard for the Dodge Challenger. They refined the gauges on this one. I like the silver color frame around the gauges. I hope this makes it into the 2009 model. The pistol grip shifter is gone and the radio and temperature dials are from the current parts bin. So is the steering wheel, which is the same as on the Dodge Charger and Magnum.



Here is the official 2008 Dodge Challenger dashboard. The gauges have been changed to look like the Dodge Charger with raised bezels and chrome rings. There is now a recessed area around the temperature gauges. This dashboard looks kind of boring. It needs some contrasting chrome or colored panels.



Here is the current Dodge Charger and Dodge Magnum dashboard. Notice the same steering wheel and the similarly styled chrome ringed gauged cluster. At least this dashboard has contrasting colors in the panels and face plates.



Just for fun, here is the dashboard from a 1973 Dodge Charger. Notice it also has raised bezels with chrome rings on it. I really like this steering wheel which inspired the Dodge Challenger concept car steering wheel design. The dash also has a splash of color to it.

The DC Comics Action Figure Archive

I've been collecting DC Comics related action figures for many years. I also feature some photo archives on my website. Well, today I received my copy of The DC Comics Action Figure Archive. This is a nice reference book for DC toy fans like myself.



Synopsis
For the legions that collect the immensely popular DC Comics action figures, we have good news: the official visual compendium of more than 1,400 characters has finally arrived. The DC Comics Action Figure Archive is the definitive reference for the serious enthusiast. Assembled by lead collector Scott Beatty and the experts at DC Comics, this sturdy hardcover features more than 600 full-color photographs and an easily navigable A-to-Z structure. Here, too, are previously impossible-to-find release dates, variants and "redecoes," as well as detailed information on action figure scales and articulation points. From Ace the Bat-Hound to Zauriel, with lots of Batman and Superman in-between, this collector's must-have guide doesn't miss a beat.

DC Direct: All Star Action Figures



DC DIRECT - ALL STAR ACTION FIGURES
It's an all-star lineup featuring the work of two fan-favorite artists in this series! Four of DC's superstars are represented here:
Batman and Batgirl, as drawn by Jim Lee in All Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder, and Superman and Super Lois, as drawn by Frank Quitely in the Eisner Award-winning All Star Superman!
Advance-solicited; on sale September 3, 2008

Action Figures:

Batman 6.75" h

Superman 6.75" h

Batgirl 5.5" h

Super Lois 6.5" h
Each figure features multiple points of articulation and a base.

2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8

Here are some photos of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8. There will only be 6,400 Challenger SRT8's produced for the 2008 model year. To help indicate the exclusivity of this model, each vehicle will wear a unique interior dash plaque, 1 of 6,400 similar to the plaques on the Charger Daytona and Super Bee. If you miss out on the limited 2008 model, you will have to order a 2009 model.



2009 Dodge Challenger spotted

There have been multiple sightings of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and the 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T posted on the internet.
Official photos should be online after next month's auto show.

2009 Dodge Challenger in Dark Titanium Metallic and High-Performance Red.


2009 Dodge Challenger R/T in Bright Silver.

DC Universe Classics Info Archive

Here is a new website dedicated to the DC Universe Classics toyline.



DC Universe Classics Info Archive

The site offers high quality photos, news bits, categorized listings, a checklist and other pertinent DCUC information. Expect more features and sections to be added soon.

Here is the link.
http://www.dcuc.info/

DC Universe Classics.com



I came across this website earlier this week. It gives information about the new DC Universe Classics toyline.

Here is a link.
http://dcuniverseclassics.com/