More Arkham Origins re-stock: Batman and Deathstroke

They’re finally back! These six-inch guys quickly became a hot item for collectors and fans of Batman: Arkham Origins alike. The epic bat-winged hero really doesn’t need an introduction, does he?

Sassy Batman is the best kind of Batman.

Sassy Batman is the best kind of Batman.

And when he’s engaged in a gridlock of a battle of wills with the ultra-bad-guy Deathstroke “The Terminator”, something interesting is bound to happen. If these two figures are missing from your collection, now is the time to snap them up!

Looks like someone's been hitting the gym.

Looks like someone’s been hitting the gym.

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Bane from Batman: Arkham Origins just re-stocked

Supervillain Bane is a relatively new character in the DC universe, introduced by the comics franchise as late as 1993. He’s an escaped convict from an island prison somewhere in South America, and is known for his amped-up and muscular appearance that came from some dastardly experimentation with the drug Venom.

And now, from the much-loved video game experience Batman: Arkham Origins comes this eight-inch offering in the form of masked supervillain Bane. Due to popular demand, we’ve restocked him just for you! This version of Bane is based on his aesthetic as seen before the events of the preceding games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City.

After all, who else could be perpetually haunted by the “bat-demon” of his nightmares? Own this cryptic, fascinating character today!

"I am Bane, and I could kill you... but death would only end your agony, and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply... BREAK YOU!"

“I am Bane, and I could kill you… but death would only end your agony, and silence your shame. Instead, I will simply… BREAK YOU!”

Clear your shelf for this classic 1966 Riddler bust

Was the legendary Batman television series one of your favorites growing up? Now you can own a tangible memory that leaps off the screen with this Riddler bust! DC Comics is introducing this six-inch-tall, boxed bust in conjunction with Diamond Select Toys. With this guy, sculpted by famed artist Jean St. Jean and designed by Barry Bradfield, Frank Gorshin’s role as the Riddler will now be remembered for all time.

The Riddler is fourth in a line of Diamond Select resin busts based on the show, and rightfully so — alongside the Joker as one of Batman’s chief nemeses, the Riddler can’t be ignored. Set atop a base constructed in homage to the show’s well-known opening animation, this unmasked Riddler is a must-cop for die-hard Batman fans.

Frighteningly happy.

Frighteningly happy.

Would you give your dying child weed?

It’s no secret that getting stoned is kind of a North American pastime — almost half of all Americans have used marijuana at least once. The state of Colorado made history when it decriminalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012. Now, between full decriminalization and decriminalization for medical use or possession, there are only 23 states where marijuana use is totally illegal. And although federal law is still blocking marijuana decriminalization in Canada, surveys have shown that almost 60% of Canadians are for making it legal, and for some legit reasons. Lauded for its therapeutic properties for relaxation and pain relief, millions of people are able to cope with a chronic illness or medication condition thanks to marijuana. It’s been especially popular among those suffering from cancer, making harsh treatments like chemotherapy much more bearable.

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Source: factimages.com

But the lines get kind of blurred when it comes to kids. Is it okay for an adult to give a child any kind of mind-altering substance? Minnesota mom Angela Brown started giving her son medical cannabis oil to ease his discomfort from a traumatic brain injury. Brown reported that after just a few drops of oil daily, her son’s muscle spasms were relieved, as well as his tendencies to self-harm. Laws decriminalizing the medical use of marijuana are set to come into effect in Minnesota in July of 2015, but since Brown openly admitted to giving her son doses of oil before this, she facing two gross misdemeanor charges, including child endangerment. Each charge carries a penalty of one-year imprisonment and a $3,000 fine — yikes.

“I mean, you finally find something that works for your child, that takes the pain away, and I had to give it up because I had a fear of going to jail,” Brown explained, “because how am I supposed to take care of my child?”

“I’m going to be the best example that I can be of what medicinal cannabis can do, not only for my son but anybody that is suffering,” she said in an interview with a Twin Cities news outlet.

Source: elitedaily.com

Source: elitedaily.com

Similarly, earlier this month an Australian father is facing imprisonment after giving his 2-year-old, cancer-stricken daughter cannabis oil in food to relieve her pain. Marijuana possession, sale and use continues to be totally illegal in Australia, even if for medicinal purposes. He was charged with supplying a dangerous drug to a minor and faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. An online petition for his pardon has garnered over 155,000 signatures since.

The interesting thing about these parents is that they are totally open about their decisions, choosing to be accountable to the public as they see nothing wrong with administering what they see as a natural, healthier and more effective alternative to harsh pharmaceutical alternatives, including opiates.

Source: healthimpactnews.com

Source: healthimpactnews.com

VICE magazine released a documentary entitled “Stoned Kids” in 2013, wherein this debate is addressed. It’s been viewed over 3 million times on YouTube, opening an online discussion about whether or not it’s okay to put mild hallucinogens into not-fully-formed bodies. Is it alright even if the parents themselves are arguing that weed quells epileptic episodes and literally shrinks tumors?

It’s definitely a gray area. On the one hand, If we get legalistic with this line of thinking, you could even argue that letting your kid drink caffeinated soda or giving your child painkillers is questionable. On the other hand, parents are charged with the health, safety and comfort of their children, but to what end? Is it okay for adults to break laws and administer unregulated substances so kids can live pain-free? Where should we draw the line?

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Source: cartoonstock.com

CmdStore readers from outside North America, what are the laws and attitudes towards cannabis use like in your countries? Would you give your chronically ill kid a toke or two to help them enjoy being a kid?

More exclusive pre-orders in collaboration with Marvel Legends Infinite

The toy powers that be have looked upon us in favor. Coming in the third quarter of 2015 is the second wave of the Marvel Legends Infinite six-inch series. The Build-A-Figure character here is Thanos, complete with signature black-and-gold garb. We will be getting our hands on Age of Ultron Captain America, Age of Ultron Iron Man Mark 43, Age of Ultron Hulk, Spider-Woman, Helicat and Batroc. And you can, too! All six of these figures are packaged together as shown below, and combine that with our special pre-order price offer and you can save, save, save!

Seventh wheel?

Seventh wheel?

And we’re keepin’ ’em coming. The third wave of the Spider-Man themed Marvel Legends Infinite series, with a Build-A-Figure Hobgoblin, will be arriving next month. Remember not to miss out on the lowered pre-order price by placing your order now!

Good things come in sixes.

Good things come in sixes.

NECA and Dark Horse set to release a birthday tribute to the Predator comic

It’s awesome that this legendary sci-fi action film is still being celebrated in action-figure form almost 30 years after it premiered! This figure will be a seven-inch re-paint of the NECA Classic Predator mold. It’s re-done to look like the Predator seen in Dark Horse’s Predator #1, in honor of the comic’s 25th anniversary. Since this is fresh news, we don’t have a definitive release date, but we can tell you that it’ll be out sometime this year and you will be the first to know!

This figure will come boxed, featuring stunning artwork in vibrant blue and sunset shading. The design is super unique, and collectors who like to keep their figures boxed for preservation will find this one perfect to display. Pre-order now to make sure you’ve got it in the bag!

It's okay, pal. We've all tried to catch snowflakes on our tongues and failed.

It’s okay, pal. We’ve all tried to catch snowflakes on our tongues and failed.

Save on the first 2015 wave of Marvel Universe Avengers Infinite!

Have you heard about our exclusive pre-order deals? Here at Toys on Fire we’re proud to be able to offer reservations on the latest toys before they’re in stock at stores around the world. And when you put your name down for toys in advance of their release, you’re able to take advantage of a special pre-order price! Prices go up shortly after toys are available for shipment, so make sure you bookmark our pre-order section on ToysonFire.com.

One of our most exciting acquisitions for February will be the very first wave for 2015 of the Marvel Universe Avengers Infinite collection. These guys stand 3.75 inches tall, but they pack a punch! Get your hands on Bishop, Big Time Spider-Man, Black Cat, Sandman (Regular Version), Sandman (Sand Form), Blue Beast, Grey Beast, Hawkeye and Daredevil. You can collect them separately or, if you’re a smart cookie, you’ll get all nine and save even more coin.

Ain't no party like an Avengers party.

Ain’t no party like an Avengers party.

And the next few days are sure to be even more awesome at Toys on Fire, because we’ll also be getting the first series of the Marvel Legends Infinite Avengers six-inch ensemble, shipping out in February! These series have been known for their rad Build-A-Figure feature, and this one is no different! Collect seven figures to get all the parts to construct the inimitable Odin. We’ve got Captain Marvel, Classic Hawkeye, Iron Fist (White Costume), Machine Man, Thor, Scarlet Witch and Sentry. Once again, we’ve packaged these dudes together so you get the best bang for your buck. Check it out!

And the party keeps growing!

And the party keeps growing!

All of these great figures will be made available in the next few days, so make sure to click the photos above and put your order in now to lock in the special pre-order price!

Amp up your collection with the Star Wars Black Series Deluxe Han Solo and Tauntaun

Wouldn’t you like to have a reptomammal as as pet? The Tauntauns, natives of the icy planet of Hoth, proved to be loyal and trusty pack animals and patrol aids who could flourish in the cold winters of outer space. Patron animal saints to the Rebel Alliance, Tauntauns became a cultural staple, as we saw plush Tauntauns given as toys to small children during the Second Galactic War.

And who better to complement their legacy than a six-inch rendering of legendary human smuggler Han Solo, Rebel Alliance hero and New Republic icon. In the second series of the Star Wars Black Series’s deluxe figures, this Han-Taun double whammy will become nothing but necessary to collectors and casual fans alike! Place your order now for delivery in March.

Tauntaun for what?

Tauntaun for what?

MORE Transformers: Generations Combiner Wars!

The party clearly isn’t stopping when it comes to the new waves of the Transformers: Generations sub-line. We’ve covered the Deluxe and Voyager Classes, and now it’s time to turn our focus towards the Legends class! These guys are four inches tall, the most minute of this Combiner Wars collection, making them easy to display all at once.

You can nab Windcharger, Bombshell, Thundercracker and Powerglide like it ain’t no thang. Or to be a smart shopper, take advantage of our lovely little package with all four included (shown below)! Don’t wait.

Good things come in fours.

Good things come in fours.

CmdStore rates the best hip hop and R&B songs about superheroes

We took some of these jams from a master list by the ever-savvy Billboard, which was pretty thorough, but we realized that we would have to necessarily omit such god-awful regrettables like “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down. (We’d like to forget that such a shudder-worthy hard-rock grunge “revival” even happened near the end of the ’90s and beginning of the ’00s, wouldn’t you?) To narrow it down and broaden the discussion, we’ve decided to look at five hip hop and R&B songs referencing superheroes, rating them with corresponding grades.

So, here are a few songs that your favorite Marvel and DC superheroes just might boogie down to at a house party. (And can you imagine what that party would be like? Seriously, can we get an invite? Would Spider-Man drink light or dark beer? We have so many questions right now.) Let’s go!

1. Batman and Robin – Snoop Dogg feat. Lady of Rage RBX

Tha Doggfather injects a re-working of the classic Batman theme song with the trademark West-Coast gangsta swagger of a G-funk persuasion. A deep, plucky bass line adds Gotham-like seriousness with old-school comic-book kitsch, as Lady of Rage raps, “Hit ’em with the POW! BAM! BIFF! Whoa / Pick up your lips, don’t trip, tie your shoelace / When I spit, I split it, turn Harvey Dent into Two-Face / Robin, I’m more than a sidekick, I’m more like the livest”. Yes. All of the yes. We give this superhero jam an A-.

2. Superman – Eminem

Some of you may remember saving your allowance to buy The Eminem Show circa 2002, only to have it confiscated by your mom after she saw the “Parental Advisory” sticker and gasped at the violent, sexually-charged lyrics. Now I get why moms the world over did what they did, because it probably wasn’t cool that I could rap all of the f-words on the album at the age of 12. And I know I wasn’t the only one! This ditty is rife with gross, misogynistic lyrics, and essentially sees Marshall Mathers telling his lady that he can’t save her and be her Superman. That being said, The Eminem Show was very much a key work of 2000s rap, and represented an era in which Em broke down racial barriers for the genre. We give this superhero jam a C+.

3. Gotham City (Remix) – R. Kelly

R. Kelly is the king of pushing remixes that are way more bangin’ than their originals could ever hope to be (see: “Ignition”). The remix to “Gotham City” is no exception. The original song was, appropriately, on the soundtrack to the 1997 film Batman & Robin. But it was terrible. So sappy, so fluffy. Even the would-be futuristic sparse hi-hats were lost amidst the cheese. The remix is much more palatable. Here, we see spookier, notably more East-Coast-influenced production à la Mobb Deep’s The Infamous. The concept is “Gotham City for the ghetto”, as Kells croons, and longs for a utopia where he feels he can belong, in the vein of “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “Thugz Mansion”. For the extra effort and solemn relatability of the remix, we give this superhero jam a B.

There’s clearly something missing here — where are the songs about more obscure fandom characters?! Is the intersection of hip-hop artists and comic-book culture aficionado(a)s really that small? Perhaps Nicki Minaj rhyming about Harley Quinn and Rocket Raccoon is but a mere fantasy, but hey — a geek can dream, right?

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Source: giphy.com