COMMENTARY: New Warner Bros. Licensed Games Look at Superheroes in a Different Light

I couldn’t be happier that 99 percent of all current movies—including Thor: The Dark World, due in theaters this week—seem to feature somebody in a cape or a miraculous suit of armor battling evil. Full disclosure: I was way into superhero comics when I was a kid. I managed to amass hundreds, which I kept in cardboard long boxes, re-reading them over and over throughout my tortured adolescence. I didn’t buy them for collecting purposes, thank goodness; years later, I traded in the entire lot for $10 and a key lime pie, and considered myself lucky to have gotten that much.

(Seriously, folks, if you started collecting comics during the 1990s or later, they’re not going to put your kid through college. It just won’t happen.)

My point is, I’m a huge superhero fan. However, I’ve started to feel super-saturated by all the licensed comic book-based movies and TV shows popping up of late. They always seem so serious, with all the world-saving and high drama, the death and epic romance and heroic posturing. It’s great the first time, pretty good the second, but around the umpteenth, I have to fight the urge to stand up and yell, “Hey, grown person in hockey pants! Aren’t we supposed to be having fun here?”

For that reason, I am grateful for the recent trend in video games based on licensed superhero properties, specifically those from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. While its offerings of late include the very seriously toned Batman: Arkham Origins, the company is also responsible for two titles that manage to be respectful of the superhero genre, while simultaneously turning it on its head in ways that are funny and downright fun. Both games are available now and suitable for kids ages 10 and up. [Read more...]

Diamond Select Toys Launches Thor: The Dark World-Inspired Toys

Thor2Group_MM53a-590x343With the release of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World taking place Novemeber 8, Diamond Select Toys will launch an entire series of Thor: The Dark World 2-inch Marvel Minimates, designed by Art Asylum. In a variety of two-packs, consumers can purchase Thor with Malekith, Loki with Heimdall, Dr. Erik Selvig with Dark Elf, and/or Darcy Lewis with Dark Elf. Each pack contains interchangeable parts and accessories.

More figures available in the Marvel Select action figure line include a 7-inch Thor and Jane Foster figure designed by Gentle Giant Studios. Both figures will have 16 points of articulation and come packaged with half of a detailed diorama based on the film.

Products will be available in November at specialty toy stores, local comic book shops, and at online retailers.