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Review: In "Shangri-La," Paradise Is Where You Find It

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One of the things I like and respect about anime is the willingness of so many of its producers to tackle unusual stories and situations. Unlike most American productions, which even at their most challenging often trot out the same few very familiar character types and situations, anime series aren’t always afraid of baffling viewers […]

My Little Pony - Can Alicorns be Magic?

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Well, it finally happened.  After months of speculation, leaks, then an official announcement, we’ve now witnessed Twilight Sparkle become an alicorn princess.  What did I think of how it was pulled off?  Aesthetically not too bad, story-wise exceptionally lifeless and didactic.  It was as if the whole “destiny” part was an afterthought compared to the […]

My Little Pony: The Alicorn Cometh - A Neigh-Sayers View

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There weren’t a whole lot of us who watched My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic back when it premiered in 2010.  After all, it was a My Little Pony cartoon, and the new network it was premiering on was owned in part by a toy company.  Many believed that it would be just as bad […]

Review: "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic - Magical Mystery Cure:" You Say Why, I Say "I Don't Know"

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If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the Hub, it’s not going to be much of a surprise that the season finale of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, “Magical Mystery Cure,” promises a big change to the status quo of the show. Ads have been running for at least two weeks and […]

Toonzone Goes to Toy Fair 2013: Fourth Salvo - Ty, Tomy, Jakks Pacific

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The Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair descended onto the Jacob K. Javits convention center from February 10-13, 2013, and Toonzone was there to get a look at new and upcoming toys licensed from your favorite animation properties (and a bunch of other cool, shiny stuff that just attracted my attention). Thanks to all the PR […]

Toonzone Goes to Toy Fair 2013: Third Salvo - Loyal Subjects, Jazwares, Mezco, Bif Bang Pow, & More

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The Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair descended onto the Jacob K. Javits convention center from February 10-13, 2013, and Toonzone was there to get a look at new and upcoming toys licensed from your favorite animation properties (and a bunch of other cool, shiny stuff that just attracted my attention). Thanks to all the PR […]

Toonzone Goes to Toy Fair 2013: Second Salvo - Playmates "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

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Playmates Toys was out in force, with a massive booth packed to the gills with toys for Nickelodeon’s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles relaunch, which has been a massive seller for them. The action figure line is going to be greatly expanded, and will be branching out into different scales and new features. The classic […]

Toonzone Goes to Toy Fair 2013: First Salvo - Show Floor, Pop Vinyl, Diamond, DC Direct, Tamashii Nations

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The Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair descended onto the Jacob K. Javits convention center from February 10-13, 2013, and Toonzone was there to get a look at new and upcoming toys licensed from your favorite animation properties (and a bunch of other cool, shiny stuff that just attracted my attention). Thanks to all the PR […]

Dragons: Riders of Berk – “Twinsanity” Recap

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While out doing training exercises, Fishlegs saves Ruffnut and Tuffnut after a mishap by using some gestures to silently signal his dragon to take certain actions. Impressed by this, Hiccup decides to have all of the Riders of Berk implement these signals, but while attempting to do so, Ruffnut and Tuffnut have a falling out […]

Transformers Animated - "Along Came a Spider" Episode 9 Recap

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Optimus Prime is reunited with an old friend who vows revenge for a past incident. The idea of Optimus Prime as an inexperienced young Bot hit sour notes with a few Transformers fans expecting the older, wiser father figure. I personally think this was a bold switch. Think of it as a “what if” take […]

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