Written by on December 7, 2012 in Ask Randy, News, Uncategorized - No comments

Randy here with a little bit about movies and toys.

We’re going to start by talking about the new Star Trek movie, coming in May 17, 2013. So if you don’t care about, feel free to skip down to the stuff about toys.

I’ll wait.

So you’ve seen the trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, yet? (Still not happy about that title.)


“So… shall we begin?”

But wait! There’s more!
OK about seven seconds or so more from the Japanese trailer.

And what’s really insane about all this?
This isn’t even the full trailer.
THAT trailer hits Dec. 17th.

Fans have gone NUTS since the footage just premiered!

I’m digging what I’m seeing… which is a whole lot of not what you think you’re seeing. Add to that the press releases which is wonderfully unhelpful:

“When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction.

“As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.”

That’s pretty impressive bit of copywriting to make it interesting but giving nothing away.

The identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain has been a constant source of speculation since his announcement. Theories go that he’s playing anew version of Khan Noonien Singh or Gary Mitchell.

As I told a friend who’s was worried about whether this was going to be The Wrath of Khan 2and how this would really piss him off if that was the case, remember one thing:

J.J. Abrams. Is. F@#$ing. With. You.

Because that’s what he does!

Don’t believe me?
Let him tell you himself- five years ago:

“I realize, mystery is the catalyst for imagination… mystery is more important than knowledge…

The withholding of information, doing that intentionally, is much more engaging…”

Oh and J.J. Abrams LOVES him his mystery!
And what is a trailer, especially a teaser trailer?
A mystery that withholds important pieces of the information to engage you and get you to see the film when its released!

I think that a lot of the wonder of movies has been lost in the age of the internet.

I’m not biting the hand that feeds me. I love the transparency of the world that the internet has revealed to those online. I believe that’s a strong reason that “Ask Randy” exists was to pull back the curtain to the world of toys and collectible and how they come to life, whether by how stores order product or how toys are developed my manufacturers. I wanted to show you the reality behind the mystery.

I love the information that comes out ahead of a movie… most of the time.

But with sites like Ain’t It Cool News and Bloody-Disgusting.com, we know when projects are being greenlit and put together, then we can go to IMDb.com and find out who’s starring in it. ALL before a moment is filmed, let alone a trailer being released!

I miss the days when your first inkling about a movie was from seeing the trailer for the first time… and only seeing it again if happen to be playing at another movie you saw!

One of the reasons I love Abrams and his “Mystery Box” is how telling it was when used on a wide scale, a feature film: Cloverfield.

I remember the trailer hitting in the Summer of 2007 and being stunned that there was a trailer for a major motion picture monster-disaster film that I had heard NOTHING ABOUT!

It seemed so impossible in the Information Age that something so big could be made and no one spilled the beans about, that no footage had been released or script leaked. Boy, did THAT engage my attention.

I think the same thing is going on here with Star Trek Into Darkness.
People have so many preconcieved notions based on almost no information released-even after watching the tease-teaser trailer!

Example: The ship rising out of the ocean and the one crashing into it in the trailer.  Everyone ASSUMES its the Enterprise. But they purposely cut-away just as the “NCC-” appears. We see only the silhouette of a starship similar to the Enterprise, but have no way of identifying it.

Same thing in the Japanese trailer: two hands, separated by glass try to touch. It may seem to scream Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan, but we don’t even know if that’s supposed to be Kirk and Spock.  (My money is that it isn’t)

If you’d like to delve deeper into analysis (and possible spoilers) of the trailer, you should check this out.

So good on J.J. Abrams and Paramount for starting up the interest now. Next comes the 9 minutes of footage at IMAX screens showing The Hobbit-An Unexpected Journey, starting on Dec. 14. I can’t speak for everyone, but now the need to see this footage has definitely increased, necessitating my seeing it in IMAX.  Only six months til release…

And now back to toys…

NECA has released some great images of up-coming toys of 2013 including Predator, Prometheus and the remake of Carrie, among others

“Debut – Jungle Extraction Dutch. Includes M-16, Pistol, Machete, and Knife accessories. Late Feb release in S8″

And here is Dutch in unpainted form, with a “friend” along for scale…

Here’s Carrie White from the April 2013 Carrie remake starring Chloë Grace Moretz.  Amazing what can happen in a few seconds at prom!
Due Out March ’13

“Advance look at David from Prometheus S2, includes 2 different, heads, helmet & flashlight accessory. Around Feb ’13″

“BTS – seems you’re loving the Prometheus figures so far. Here is a look at what is to come in Series 2 and beyond”

“SPECIAL ADVANCE BTS – I am Iron-Man! LEDs, Interchangeable hands, Tons of Articulation! April ’13 release”
Sonuvamonkey!  This 1/4 scale Avengers line is REALLY starting to pique my interest!

“BTS – first painted Samples of Predators Series 7 directly from the factory, these are not final, but close.” Due out now.
(I’m LOVING that “Batman-Dead End” Big Red Predator!-RANDY)

Well, that’s all for now!
I’m hoping something comes together for an early review next week. Finger’s crossed!

Be seeing you!

About the Author

Randy has been writing about reporting on toys for AFTimes since 1995 and shows no sign of stopping! He's been in all aspects of toys and collecting from retail clerk to toy company adviser, as well as been a toy expert for CNN. He's met Comic Artists to Adult film stars to Navy SEALS, during his time, as well as covered events from SDCC to American International Toy Fair. He also loves movies, so don't be surprised if that comes up too-as well as some movie reviews!

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