War Machine Marketing has teamed up with artists throughout North America to create some of the most intricate, special, limited-edition items. Though their custom trade is year-round, some incredibly special items are being made for San Diego Comic Con 2018. From Star Wars characters that have never had their own action figure, to the re-imagining of some of our favorite characters, War Machine Marketing creates pieces SO limited and exclusive that to own one puts the collector in a category all their own.
War Machine Marketing is doing 4 different custom items based on the Funko line of figures. Each item will be sold to the winners of a lottery. One per day. Tickets will be given out each morning between 9-11am and the drawing will occur at noon each day. Winners must be at the booth to make the purchase immediately following the drawing.
The maniacal clown, PENNYWISE from the hit movie, IT, gets a brand-new treatment from the hands of amazing artist, Richie Mitchell. Pennywise is presented in his underground home next to a sewer pipe where words inside the pipe read “WE ALL FLOAT DOWN HERE”. The artist has also added a way to put batteries in the scene, to make the lights of Pennywise’s eyes and the words in the sewer pipe light up! It’s an amazing effect and one that will blow away fans of the movie. The Pennywise scene is limited to 5 numbered pieces at $350 per piece.
Artist Ben Flater has created 5 glitter-encrusted crustacean creations! Pop figures of Tamatoa from the hit Disney movie, MOANA, have been hand-foiled in shiny glitter to complement the character’s song in the movie. His entire body is covered in colorful glitter, giving him an amazing shine in any light. Even HE would be impressed with the shiny veneer! The Tamatoa figure is limited to 5 numbered pieces at $200 per piece.
War Machine’s DIAMOND TRIBUTE to the one and only Carrie Fisher debuts at SDCC as well. A crystal-encrusted version will be made available of her Princess Leia character from STAR WARS EPISODE 4: A NEW HOPE. This beautiful figure took over 12 hours to create by hand with over 2,400 crystals adorning every part of her from her signature hair buns to her skin to her white dress. This truly highlights the artist’s and company’s love of Star Wars. This piece is limited to 5 numbered pieces with commemorative card inserts at $200 per piece.
Ben Flater’s amazing Merc With A Mouth, DEADPOOL, is like nothing that has ever been seen! Deadpool has had many iterations of his character over the years from samurais to cooks to even a version of friendly artist, Bob Ross. This mash-up is of him laying down as a mermaid. We wanted to make sure that our makeover included multicolored crystals to highlight his…*ahem* added attributes. He is covered with over 2,400 crystals by hand taking over 7 hours per figure. This piece is limited to 3 numbered pieces.
War Machine Marketing will also be a sponsor for the sold-out 501st Legion Party during San Diego Comic Con 2018. For this event, and to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the insanely bizarre (and often reviled) Star Wars Holiday Special which debuted and was shown only once back in 1978, War Machine Marketing is proud to have created an action figure of the late Bea Arthur’s bartender character, ACKMENA. She will come with 8 points of articulation as well as a blaster pistol, a pitcher and cup. Her action figure was created by long time War Machine Marketing collaborator, Kevin Ferrier for SWK ACTION FIGURES and the custom card was done by Scott Kruger of Scott Kruger Graphic design. This is a one of a kind action figure and the lucky winner of this item will have the ONLY carded version of this figure in the world!
War Machine Marketing will also be showcasing many other custom action figures at their booth (#1415) at San Diego Comic Con including action figures that were never put into production, custom action figures of people, and mash ups that will blow people’s minds!
No Question Mark Box Here; Super Mario Delivers a 1-Up in Theaters
If you were born in the ’80s, ’90s, or literally ANY decade after those, you know about Super Mario. A cultural phenomenon was brought to life on the big screen this last weekend. One that has not only stood the test of time but reinvented itself time and time again. This wasn’t even the first time it’s been made into a movie but, well, let’s be honest.. some of us choose not to acknowledge the LIVE action adaptation of the beloved game from 30 years ago.
It was pretty bad… But this was animation. ILLUMINATION animation at that. The Universal company that brought us Gru and his Minions, showed us the Secret Life of Pets, and gave us a reason to SING! Still, I had my reservations and even some concerns, especially when the casting was announced.
Eyebrows were raised. As big of stars as they were on paper, could they really deliver on voicing characters from a staple of our childhood? They did.
Chris Pratt and Charlie Day may not be Italian, and Jack Black may not be a King or Turtle creature from the Mushroom Kingdom, but they make the characters their own all while paying homage to the lore of a video game.
From the jump, the story reintroduces us to the brothers that just want to save Brooklyn one clogged sink at a time. We feel an instant connection and relate to these “underdogs of the plumbing world”. The movie is riddled with easter eggs, each of which tugs on the heartstrings of every generation of Mario fandom. And the soundtrack was beautifully put together to not only make us feel like we’re taking a walkthrough of the game but like an experience all its own with some familiar favorites thrown in.
Every word in the movie is pure eye candy for both those that are casual fans, and those analyzing every frame to see what they’ll catch next. Bowser’s ship, the Mushroom Kingdom, Kong’s arena, and the Rainbow Road.. They’re all meant to give us just enough of a “new” look at these amazing worlds, but stay true to how we remember them.
The movie itself moves along at the perfect pace. Although, if you don’t really know ANYTHING about the Super Mario Bros, you may have gotten a little lost and felt left behind in the green tunnel. But that’s ok! It’s an adventure of the imagination and a classic story of a boy that meets a girl and tries to save the world from a monster that wants to destroy it.
What’s funny is that you could easily say this is a story about two characters who couldn’t be more opposite if they tried, battling to win the heart of a princess. Who would’ve thought that the King of the Koopas was just trying to impress his crush?
And that song? Ohhh THAT song! It’s my new ringtone and deserves the Oscar for Best Original Song.
Back to the movie.
Universal and Illumination clearly understood the assignment. Is it missing some things or could things have been done differently or even better? Absolutely! We’re the worst critics of the things we hold nearest and dearest to our hearts. But if you’re up for going on a 90-minute adventure through amazing worlds, with awesome music, and characters that’ll make you smile and laugh, then this is the perfect movie to spring you into that warm summer feeling.
Plus there’s the whole part with karts and shells, and banana peels and oh my goodness how amazing was that?? It’s enough to make you want to stand up and cheer, then go home and destroy your friends and family on your favorite track haha.
The bottom line, it pays homage in all the right ways to the little guy with the mustache, while giving us something new and exciting. Take the kids and go see Super Mario Bros. You’ll be glad you did!
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023
Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Opening Act Saturday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. on North 200A. Talent confirmed so far to participate in the post-screening panel is Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Goldbergs, Gotham) as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince and longtime RWBY cast member Lindsay Jones (Camp Camp) as Ruby, Kara Eberle ( RWBY: Ice Queendom) as Weiss, Arryn Zech (Detective Now Dead) as Blake and Barbara Dunkelman (Blood Fest) as Yang – along with Jeannie Tirado (Soul, Saints Row) as Green Lantern and Tru Valentino (The Rookie, The Cuphead Show!) as a cyborg. Also attending the panel will be producer/director Kerry Shawcross (series RWBY) and writer Meghan Fitzmartin (Supernatural, Justice Society: World War II).
Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment returns to WonderCon 2023 with the big screen debut from DC Animated Films: highlights this year include the world premieres of the highly anticipated Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham and Justice League x RWBY: Superheroes & Hunters Part One the weekend of March 24-26 in Anaheim, California. Both screenings will be followed by panel discussions with actors and creators. Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham premieres at The Arena on Friday, March 24 at 6 p.m. Tati Gabrielle (Kaleidoscope, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Uncharted) as Kai Li Cain, Christopher Gorham (The Lincoln Lawyer, Insatiable) as Oliver Queen, David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad, Ant-Man) as Grendon, producer/co-director Sam Liu (The Death and the Return of Superman), co-director Christopher Berkeley (Young Justice) and screenwriter Jase Ricci (Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls: Mayhem Across the Multiverse).
Both films will have encore screenings in the Arena on Sunday, March 26. Justice League x RWBY: Super Heroes & Huntsmen, Part One will screen at 12:15pm, followed by Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham at 2:00pm