If you can remember as far back as the 60s, then you will appreciate film director Bryan Barber's acquiring the rights to the cartoon Gigantor. Here's a refresher if you don't. A young lad's father creates a huge robot as a flying weapon but the boy bonds with it and uses it in peaceful ways.
Barber tracked the rights to an aging Fred Ladd, who owned the Japanese language cartoon and adapted it for English speakers. Considering that the run of Transformer movies are never-ending and with the recent big bucks from Real Steel, Barber may have a hit on his hands. He says the live action film will be "Transformers meets Goonies."
Kikkerland does more than just cool wind-up critters. We found two robots that you can add to your collection that also have a function. The 4 piece Robo Measuring Cup Set comes in red, is made of food safe ABS plastic and is a mere 3-1/4 X 7-3/4 X 2-1/4-inch" when stacked.
The Robot Tea Infuser is made of rust-proof stainless steel, has arms that will fit any sized cup or mug and includes a tray that can double as a saucer.
That didn't take long. There is already an authorized Real Steel WRB Built For Battle Set. It includes a 12 x 12" Ring, Atom, Zeus, light up controls and sound effects from the film. Recommended for those over 6 years old. A Rock 'em Sock 'em by any other name...
You know that the holidays will soon be upon us when new toys start to appear, including the latest Let's Rock Elmo. The Sesame St. muppet certainly has evolved and now comes with a microphone, tambourine and drum set, and sings 6 different songs. This will be one of the hot toys this season, so shop early.
Note that Hasbro also wants your kids to play along with separately sold Let's Rock Guitar, Keyboard and Mic , but you can save those for birthdays.
Last week, General Hospital brought back James Franco to reprise his roll as the sinister villain of the same last name. Not only did he ham it up with an obnoxious monkey, he featured an assortment of Kikkerland wind-ups like the MxyKikker shown here that were supposedly embedded with cameras. Yeah, we always knew they were toys to die for!
Check out where Evolta's Spokesbot has come from and where he is going in the World Challenge IV 2011. October 23, the little green guy will take place in a week long Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. The humans only get a day but the trio of competitiors will swim for 2.4 miles, ride a bike 112 miles, then run 26.2 miles. During that time, they will only stop for feeding recharging their nickel-metal-hydride rechargeable batteries.
Is it too early to think Halloween? If so, then attend the premiere of Real Steel in your Rock'em Sock'em Red Rocker Costume. One size fits most adults and will surely shake up your fellow movie goers. Rasta Imposta also carries a Blue Bomber Costume in case you plan on attending with a friend.
Whoa! Who isn't impressed by the Real Steel, due out October 7 and starring Hugh Jackman and those incredible Rockem' Sockem' Robots? You can bet that any licensed toys that come out of it will be hot for the holidays. (A poster is already available.) More video trailers have been released like the one above and we think it will be too kewl for skewl if viewed it at an IMAX theater.
Take Jaws to a literally higher level with this IR remote controlled indoor Air Swimmer. Once the 57" long nylon Shark is filled with helium it can go 360º and move up, down, left and right from up to 40 feet away. It can remain aloft for about 2 weeks at a time, long enough to freak out your friends. The air swimmer also comes disguised as a Clownfish. Both will bounce off walls but remember to turn off your ceiling fan before use. Each requires 7 AAA batteries (not included.)