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For this week’s Scifi News podcast, I am not alone. Mr. Gene is back to give his take on a trio of topics. What are the “BIG” 3:

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YES, YES, YES!!!!! Aside from wanting to see Thundercats on the big screen, The Micronauts was one of my favorite childhood toys that I truly loved. I used to own Biotron, as seen below, which was a pre-Transformers idea. This toy could be changed to different machines and add-ons made this toy extra cool. I remember bringing Biotron with me to school in the 5th grade and my classmates had a blast. There was another Micronaut toy which I have to do some research but it was a spaceship where the wings could be detached and then be used as a space gun. Man, this is some great news for my early inner geekdom. Read below for more detail about JJ’s involvement.  : )

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Posted by Neil Miller (neil@filmschoolrejects.com) on November 5, 2009

The Wall Street Journal (via Coming Soon) is reporting today that J.J. Abrams, whom you may know as the director of Star Trek and producer of Lost, is in talks to produce a movie about the Japanese interchangable toys Micronauts — 3.75-inch tall toys which were used in an inter-connected design.

The rights to the project were acquired by Hasbro, who will base the film on the Micronauts comic series published by Marvel Comics, Image Comics and Devil’s Due Publishing. The series was first published in 1979.

In a curious quote, J.J. Abrams speaks about those who doubt whether a board game or science fiction toy should be accorded star status: “Sometimes, when someone is not a celebrity and you are casting them in a role, everyone who is in a seat of authority voices questions about that actor’s talent, sex appeal, looks, ability — their everything,” he says. “But then they get the role, and suddenly they are on the cover of every magazine, and nobody questions those things again. In retrospect, everyone says, ‘Of course that person is a star.’”

Essentially, what we believe him to be saying is that once the Micronauts film is done and released, we will not be surprised (nor will we question) their ultimate star status. At least, that’s what I get from that quote. Alas, he is also working on the Cloverfield-esque thriller 500 Rads, among other things.

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via J.J. Abrams to Produce Hasbro’s Micronauts Movie – Film School Rejects .


After I heard the buzz on the Cloverfield Monster toy was being made by Hasbro, I was really excited to learn this. However, after viewing the images online, click here to see more, I was really dissapointed with the results. It has this weird bat faced head and retarded looking landstrider limbs. I don’t remember seeing the creature being this grey but I guess this was discussed at great lengths by the Cloverfield makers and Hasbro. This then begs the question, “This was the best they came up with?” To boot, the $99 price tag does not make this an attractive offer unless it was paired with the movie, then and only then would the hefty crunch to the wallet would it be acceptable. So, with this note, I will wait for the invisible hand to lower the price tag to a more realistic price. I love collecting toys but this is something I can wait on.