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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Mattel Suing He-Man Comic Book Writer Donald Glut

     Another lawsuit story for all our fans out there. This one comes in the form of toy giant Mattel suing former He-Man comic book writer Donald Glut.



     The toy-maker has filed a lawsuit in California federal court that seeks a declaration of its rights. According to the complaint, Glut has recently come forward to assert that he created the characters and is entitled to copyright ownership. Mattel says that it is too late, that for more than three decades it's been acknowledged that Glut's contributions fell under the work-for-hire doctrine.

     If Mattel is correct that this was a work-for-hire, under copyright law, that would mean that the company is deemed to be the author. The other possibility is Glut's reported theory of ownership that he has "licensed" his work to Mattel, which would mean that it's subject to termination in 2016.

    
     Over the years, there's been some dispute over who deserves attribution for the characters on the fictional planet of Eternia. Roger Sweet, one of Mattel's lead toy designers, has taken some credit. The lawsuit states that Mattel, around 1980, tasked its design department with creating a new boys property and settled on a concept of a muscle-bound hero who has the power to travel through various time periods. Glut is acknowledged as having created the backstory for He-Man and other characters. Mattel says Glut did so as "one of the independent contractors" with instruction by the company on "certain key elements."

     Glut has long worked as a writer in television and comic books. He wrote a novelization of The Empire Strikes Back and his IMDb profile lists credits on '80s children's shows like Transformers and Spider-Man. In 1981, Glut wrote four mini-comics, "He-Man and the Power Sword," "The Vengeance of Skeletor," "Battle in the Clouds," and "King of Castle Grayskull."

     The Masters of the Universe animated television show that followed was one of the most successful that decade, although a 1987 film version starring Dolph Lundgren did the franchise no favors. In 2002, a reboot was started on The Cartoon Network. Recently, G.I. Joe director Jon Chu has discussed making a non-campy version for Sony Pictures.

     But Mattel now says in its lawsuit that Glut claims that his work on Masters of the Universe was not done as a work-for-hire, and that he owns an interest in the copyrights to his works. Glut is reported to have filed a copyright registration on a treatment featuring the He-Man characters and is threatening to sue.

     "Glut's claim is both baseless and stale," says Mattel in the lawsuit
The plaintiff points to interviews that Glut has given over the years that allegedly show how he has bided his time before asserting ownership theories.

     For example, one interview from 2001 has the writer saying that he was only paid "flat-rate work-for-hire fees."

     The interview with Glut continues, "My work on 'Masters of the Universe' taught me one basic lesson: Don't create anything original, especially concepts that someone else will make millions of dollars from, unless you have a percentage of the profits or part ownership. It's a lesson I've managed to stick to since my days with He-Man and the gang."

     Mattel is represented by Lawrence Iser with Kinsella Weitzman.
     Glut declined comment, saying that his attorney has advised him not to discuss the dispute.

     Wow, it's been a rather interesting year for lawsuits in the pop culture world, and, if past examples can teach us anything in this regard, I have a feeling Mr. Glut is going to need The Power of Greyskull to get out of this one...

     Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

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Sideshow Reveals New Star Wars Sixth Scale Clone Troopers

     Sideshow Collectibles has revealed some new Star Wars Sixth Scale Clone Troopers! And we don't mean just one...or two...or even three...we're talking four brand new Clone Troopers from the prequel trilogy!

These newly unveiled Clone Troopers include:

• Clone Trooper Deluxe Shiny
• Clone Trooper Deluxe Veteran

• Clone Trooper Deluxe 501st Legion
• Clone Trooper Deluxe 212th Attack Battalion

     From Sideshow:
    
Get ready to turn the tides of battle troop builders! Joining the Militaries of Star Wars, Sideshow presents the future of galactic warfare with a brand new selection of Clone Trooper Deluxe Sixth Scale figures. Standing by to recruit are the Shiny, Veteran, 501st, and – available only at SideshowCollectibles.com – the 212th!

“We Got Ourselves a Batch of Shinies Here”

With pristine white armor, these rookies are fresh from Kamino and ready to be dispatched against the Separatist forces!

The Veteran

In battle-weathered armor, the Clone Trooper Veterans have sent their share of clankers to the scrap heap!

501st Legion – Vader’s Fist

Commissioned under Captain Rex, enforce the might of the Galactic Empire with these blue-emblazoned elite tactical ops. And look to the horizon, a familiar pair of comrades will be on the way soon!

212th Attack Battalion – Sideshow Exclusive

Joining Boil and Waxer, strengthen Commander Cody’s 212th Attack Battalion with these orange-trimmed Clones! From Geonosis to Utapau, they’ll comply with every Order. The 212th Clone Trooper Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure is a Sideshow Exclusive, available only through SideshowCollectibles.com.
Each Clone Trooper Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure will come loaded with a multitude of accessories, including:
  • Phase 1 and Phase 2 helmets
  • DC-15A Blaster Rifle
  • DC-15S Blaster Carbine
  • Z-6 rotary Blaster Cannon
  • Clone Trooper Backpack
  • Four (4) Droid Popper Grenades
  • Thirteen (13) interchangeable hands
The Shiny, Veteran, 501st and 212th Clone Trooper Deluxe Sixth Scale Figures will be sold separately for $139.99 and come complete with two separate helmets from both Episode II and Episode III.

     Pre-Orders will begin today - Thursday, June 27th, 2013 in the weekly Sideshow Newsletter, which is typically published between 2PM and 3PM (Pacific Time).

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

DaCa_Toys Reveals Generation 1 Jetfire Skyfire Upgrade Kit

     Looks like there is a new Third Party company on the scene, Transformers fans! DaCa_Toys is launching itself headlong into the Third Party market with a new upgrade kit for your Generation 1 Jetfire!

     This new kit will include a new, cartoon accurate head with ball-jointed neck for Generation 1 Jetfire, plus articulated hands and a cartoon accurate rifle. It is slated for release around July/August 2013 and be priced around $39.95.

     Pre-orders for this new kit are expected to hit very soon, so keep your eyes on your favorite online retailers. If you're still on the fence regarding this new Third Party company, you can check out some images of the set posted below!

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Monday, 24 June 2013

Cartoon Network Issues Beware the Batman Press Release

     Cartoon Network has issued a press release for the upcoming Beware the Batman animated series that will premiere July 13th at 10 AM.

     The Caped Crusader will return to television screens this summer when Beware the Batman premieres on Cartoon Network Saturday, July 13 at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) as part of DC Nation. Featuring cutting-edge CGI visuals to match the intricate twists and turns of the narrative, Batman steps out of the shadows and into the spotlight for an entirely new generation of fans.

A cool, new take on the classic Dark Knight franchise, Beware the Batman incorporates Batman’s core characters with a rogues gallery of new villains not previously seen in animated form. Along with backup from ex-secret agent Alfred and lethal swordswoman Katana, the Dark Knight faces the twisted machinations of Gotham City’s criminal underworld led by the likes of Anarky, Professor Pyg, Mister Toad and Magpie. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation (WBA), this action-packed detective thriller deftly redefines what we have come to know as a “Batman show.”

WBA’s Sam Register serves as executive producer, with Glen Murakami (Batman Beyond) and Mitch Watson (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) producing.

Starring Anthony Ruivivar (Banshee) as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Beware The Batman boasts a stellar voice cast with JB Blanc (The Count of Monte Cristo) as Alfred and Sumalee Montano (ER) as Katana. Lending voices to the villains are Wallace Langham (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) as Anarky, Grey DeLisle (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Magpie, Udo Kier (Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc.) as Mr. Toad, Lance Reddick (Fringe) as Ra’s al Ghul and Brian George (The Big Bang Theory) as Professor Pyg.

Beware the Batman is the latest series based on characters from DC Comics to be added to DC Nation, Cartoon Network’s programming block on Saturday mornings. It will be followed by Teen Titans Go! at 10:30 a.m. and joined by all-new animated shorts.


     All in all, we're pretty excited for this show here at Infinite Earths. Like many fans, we were upset to see the likes of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series cancelled before their time, so it's nice to see another DC Comics property taking up where the other shows left off. The animation certainly looks nice, albeit, different, and the voice talents are nothing to sneer at, so, again, we're pretty excited for this new show, which will be airing in just a few short weeks! Until then, you can enjoy some stills posted below!

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Sponsor News - Awesome Toyz

Sponsor News:
 
Hey, Infinite Earths fans! Take a Look at what our friends at Awesome Toyz can help you add to your collection today!!
 
 
 
NECA Pacific Rim Gipsy Danger 18-Inch Light-Up Action Figure: The massive hero Jarger Gipsy Danger stands an impressive 18" tall and sports a light-up chest and light-up headlight along with removable 8-inch long chain sword! Go Big or Go Extinct! Pre-Order yours today! ETA is September 2013.
 
 
 NECA Deluxe Robocop ED-209: Standing 10" tall, this new addition to the NECA Robocop line is perfectly in scale with the 7" Robocop figure and is sure to look amazing in any collection! Fully poseable and featuring incredible detail, the ED-209 also features movie-accurate sound effects and dialogue. Pre-Order yours today! ETA is October 2013.
 
 
NECA Predator Series 10 Action Figure Set: One of the most highly anticipated lines in NECA's popular Predator series, these amazingly detailed figures pay homage to the classic 90's Kenner line and feature 3 updated classic Predators - Nightstorm Predator, Lava Planet Predator & Hive Wars Predator! Pre-Order your set today! ETA is October 2013.
 
 
NECA Prometheus Series 3 Action Figure Set: Holographic versions of the Chair Suit and Pressure Suit Engineers are finally here in NECA's third series of popular figures based off the blockbuster film Prometheus. Featuring over 20-points of articulation, each figure also includes a mysterious  Ampule accessory! Pre-Order your set today! ETA is October 2013.
 
 
NECA Portal 2 Chell Action Figure: Chell comes highly detailed in her orange Aperture Laboratories Jumpsuit. She is fully poseable with over 20 points of articulation, a light-up ASHPD accessory and a display base! A perfect addition to the collection of any Portal fan!
 
 
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Gremlins Gizmo 6" Plush: Measuring 6" tall, this adorable Gizmo plush is the perfect addition to any Gremlins collection! Just don't Feed him After Midnight!
 
 
Batman Beyond Pop! Vinyl Figure: Batman's future protege comes to you in totally awesome stylized Pop! Vinyl format! Measuring 3 3/4-inches tall, this great Pop! Vinyl Figure features Terry McGinnis in his advanced Batman suit! Pre-Order yours now! ETA is September 2013.
 
 
There you have it, Infinite Earths fans! Some awesome plastic from our friends at Awesome Toyz! Be sure to check back monthly for a look at what else they'll have in store to add to your collections!
 
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