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Voting Now Open for 2014 Poppies Toy and Collectible Awards



Voting is now open for the 2014 Poppies Awards.

Now in its seventh year, The Poppies is an awards program presented by  Run by MWCToys owner Michael Crawford, the Poppies present awards to toy and collectible companies in such categories as Best Overall Company, Eddie Wires Award for Outstanding Paint, and Best Vehicle or Playset.   Further categories for figures are broken down by gender to Best Male Figure and Best Female Figure and then further broken down by scale:  Under 5-inches, 5-inches to 11-inches, 12-inches to 17-inches, and 18-inches and larger.

The awards are voted on by a panel of judges picked by Crawford.  These judges represent collectible companies, media outlets, toy retailers, artists, and notable collectors.   Included in the 2014 judging are former DC Comics creative leader Georg Brewer, Toynami design consultant Scott Tipton, Diamond Select Toys Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, webmaster Mark Picirilli, Entertainment Earth merchandiser Adam Pawlus, MTV Geek writer Jason Stephens, and Marvelicious Toys and Star Wars Action News podcast host Arnie Carvalho.   The full list of judges can be viewed at

In addition to the expert panel of judges, also offers Peoples Picks awards which have open voting.  The ballot is hosted at

This years list of nominees in the Peoples Picks awards are:

Best Overall Company

  • 3A
  • ACI
  • Asmus
  • Bandai / Bandai Japan
  • Bif Bang Pow
  • DC Collectibles
  • Diamond Select
  • Enterbay
  • Four Horsemen
  • Funko
  • Gentle Giant
  • Hasbro
  • Hot Toys
  • Jakks
  • Jazwares
  • Kotobukiya
  • LEGO
  • Mattel
  • McFarlane Toys
  • Mezco
  • NECA
  • Playmates
  • Sideshow
  • ThreeZero
  • Weta

Best Overall Line – High End

  • Batman Black & White (DC Collectibles)
  • Batman (All licenses) (Hot Toys)
  • DC Bombshells (DC Collectibles)
  • DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • DC (all lines) (Hot Toys)
  • Dr. Who (Big Chief)
  • Gang’s Kingdom (DAM Toys)
  • G.I. Joe (Sideshow)
  • The Hobbit/LOTR (Weta)
  • The Hobbit/LOTR (Gentle Giant)
  • Lord of the Rings (Asmus)
  • Marvel (all lines) (Hot Toys)
  • Marvel (all lines) (Sideshow)
  • Masterpiece HD (All lines) (Enterbay)
  • Robocop (Hot Toys)
  • Star Wars (Sideshow)
  • Star Wars Jumbo Vintage (Gentle Giant)
  • Walking Dead (Gentle Giant)

Best Overall Line – Low End

  • Batman Designer Series (DC Collectibles)
  • Batman Animated (TNBA etc.) (DC Collectibles)
  • Breaking Bad (Mezco)
  • DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Game of Thrones (Dark Horse)
  • Game of Thrones (Funko)
  • Gothitropolis: Ravens (Four Horsemen)
  • Magic The Gathering (Funko)
  • Marvel Legends (Hasbro)
  • Marvel Select (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Masters of the Universe Classics (Mattel)
  • Outer Space Men (Four Horsemen)
  • Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Planet of the Apes (NECA)
  • Plants vs Zombies (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Pop! Vinyl Figures (Funko)
  • ReAction (Funko)
  • Simpsons Celebrity Series (NECA)
  • Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • Star Wars Diecast (Disney)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (playmates)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Kid Robot)
  • Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Twilight Zone (BifBangPow)
  • Universal Monsters (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Walking Dead (Mcfarlane)
  • WWE (Mattel)

Eddie Wires Award for Outstanding Paint

  • Azog on Warg (Weta)
  • Batista, WWE (Mattel)
  • Black Widow (Gentle Giant)
  • Chomper/Engineer 2 pack, Plants vs Zombies (DST)
  • Clonetrooper, 501st (Sideshow)
  • Elder Predator (Hot Toys)
  • Gorilla Soldier (NECA)
  • Harley, Batman B/W (DC Collectibles)
  • Iron Man MK42 DieCast (Hot Toys)
  • Kerberos Panzer Jäger (Hot Toys)
  • Knifehead BD, Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Marv Sin City (DST)
  • Maurice POTA (NECA)
  • Robocop (Hot Toys)
  • Shao Khan (PCS)
  • T-800 BD (Hot Toys)
  • Tyreese (McFarlane)
  • Viper Predator (NECA)

Best Male Figure 18″ and up

  • Batman 1989 (NECA)
  • Bruce Lee (Blitzway)
  • Cherno Alpha, Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Dutch, Predator (NECA)
  • Godzilla (Jakks)
  • Han in Stormtrooper Outfit (Jakks)
  • Joker (NECA)
  • Master Chief (NECA)
  • Mr. Bean (Enterbay)
  • Robocop (Enterbay)
  • T-1000 (Enterbay)
  • War Machine MKII (Play Imaginitive)

Best Male Figure (12″ – 17″)

  • Batman (comic version) (Sideshow)
  • Chucky (Mezco)
  • Darth Vader (Sideshow)
  • Diamond 3, Gangs Kingdom (DAM Toys)
  • Guritz, LOTR (Asmus)
  • Harry Potter (Star Ace)
  • Iron Man MK42 Die Cast (Hot Toys)
  • Link (Medicom)
  • Probe Droid (Sideshow)
  • Robocop with Chair (Hot Toys)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Big Chief)
  • Star-Lord, GotG (Hot Toys)
  • Superman, MoS (Hot Toys)
  • Tyrion, Game of Thrones (ThreeZero)

Best Male Figure (5″ – 11″)

  • Amazing Spider-man 2 Spidey (Hasbro)
  • Batman 1989 (NECA)
  • Batman, TNBA (DC Collectibles)
  • Caesar DOTPOTA (NECA)
  • Captain America Stealth Suit ML (Hasbro)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (DST)
  • Drogo, GoT (Funko)
  • ED-209 (NECA)
  • Falcon, Marvel Select (DST)
  • Garruk Wildspeaker, Magic The Gathering  (Funko)
  • Glen, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Gorilla Soldier, POTA (NECA)
  • Iron Patriot (S.H. Figuarts)
  • Jedi Luke, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Jetfire, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Michelangelo, TMNT (Revoltech)
  • Modulok, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Mummy (Mezco)
  • Riddler, Batman Designer (DC Collectibles)
  • Star-Lord, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Tyreese, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Viper Predator (NECA)

Best Male Figure (under 5″)

  • Adam Power, Power Lords (Four Horsemen)
  • Alien, ReAction (Funko)
  • Arctic B.A.T., G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Bowser, World of Nintendo
  • Darth Vader #26, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Fighter’s Guild Akavari and Pony Guar (Symbiote)
  • Gremlin, Twilight Zone (BifBangPow)
  • Jack Asteroid, OSM (Four Horsemen)
  • Jabba’s Skiff Guard, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Kane in Spacesuit, Alien ReAction (Funko)
  • L’il Gotham Batman (DC Collectibles)
  • Penguin, Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Snake Eyes, Artic, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Super Mario (S.H. Figuarts)

Best Female Figure (over 11″)

  • Avea Trotter, Monster High (Mattel)
  • Baroness, G.I. Joe (Sideshow)
  • Black Widow, CA:WS (Hot Toys)
  • Cammy, Street Fighter (Medicom)
  • Catwoman, DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • Crimson (Flirty Girl)
  • Domino Lady (Phicen)
  • Faraway Forest Elf, Barbie (Mattel)
  • Harley, DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • Hit Girl, Kick Ass 2, (Medicom)
  • Maleficent (Hot Toys)
  • Maleficent (Disney Signature Collection)

Best Female Figure (5″ – 11″)

  • Alien Queen (NECA)
  • April O’Neil TMNT (Playmates)
  • Arcee, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Arya Stark, GoT (Funko)
  • Arya Stark, GoT (Dark Horse)
  • Black Cat, Spider-Man ML (Hasbro)
  • Black Widow, CA:WS ML (Hasbro)
  • Catwoman, animated (DC Collectibles)
  • Daenerys, Got (Dark Horse)
  • Daenerys, GoT (Funko)
  • Gamora, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Lilliana Vess, Magic (Funko)
  • Lucy Lawless, Simpsons (NECA)
  • Maggie, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Mermista, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Penny, Gremlins (NECA)
  • Scorpia, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Venus, Sailor Moon (S.H. Figuarts)
  • Windblade, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Zira, POTA (NECA)

Best Female Figure (under 5″)

Notes: The strong female represetation continues in the smaller scale. It’s particularly nice to see it’s not just Star Wars and Joe, although they have some strong nominees as well.

  • Amy Pond, Dr. Who (Character Options)
  • Baroness, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Catwoman, DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Harley, DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Lady Jaye, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Ripley, Alien ReAction (Funko)
  • Samus Arun, Amiibo, (Nintendo)
  • Talky Tina, TZ (BifBangPow)
  • Terra Firma, OSM (Four Horsemen)
  • Toryn Farr, Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • Wasp, Marvel Infinite (Hasbro)

Best Build a Figure/Collect and Connect (any size or type):

  • Green Goblin, Spider-Man ML (Hasbro)
  • Groot, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Jubilee, ML (Hasbro)
  • Kalibak, DCU/Super Powers (Mattel)
  • Mandroid, ML (Hasbro)
  • Minicon Assault Team Centuritron, Transformers (Hasbro)

Best Vehicle or Playset

  • Armory, Batman (Hot Toys)
  • AT-DP, Star Wars, (Hasbro)
  • Batbot, RC (Imaginext)
  • Batmobile, Toy Toyko Red version (Funko)
  • Battle Ram, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Battle Rover (Imaginext)
  • Cobra Wolf, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Dragon Castle (True Legends)
  • Ecto-1, Ghostbusters, (Funko)
  • High Flying Blimp, TMNT (Playmates)
  • Inquisitor TIE Fighter, Star Wars (Hasbro)
  • Iron Man 3 Hall of Armor, House Party (Hot Toys)
  • Iron Man 3 Workshop Accessories (Hot Toys)
  • Millenium Falcon, Star Wars Hero (Hasbro)
  • Phantom, Star Wars Rebels (Hasbro)
  • Serenity 1:250 scale cutaway (Qmx)
  • Slave 1, Star Wars Die Cast (Disney)
  • Speeder Bike, Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • T-Tower, Teen Titans (Jazzwares)
  • X-Wing Fighter, Star Wars (Hasbro)
  • Z-line Billiard Breakout, TMNT (Playmates)

Best Statue

  • Azog on Warg (Weta)
  • Batman Arkham City (Kotobukiya)
  • Black Widow (Gentle Giant)
  • Black Widow PF (Sideshow)
  • Chewbacca PF (Sideshow)
  • Conan (ARH)
  • Harley, DC Bombshells (DC Collectibles)
  • Harley, Batman B/W (DC Collectibles)
  • Harley PF (Sideshow)
  • He-Man (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Herman Munster (Tweeterhead)
  • Judge Death (Pop Culture Shock)
  • King Thror, Hobbit (Weta)
  • Mojo (Bowen)
  • Padme Amidala (Gentle Giant)
  • Rick Grimes, Walking Dead comic (McFarlane)
  • Shao Khan (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Superman DC Comics PF (Sideshow)
  • Warframe Excalibur (Symbiote)
  • Wonder Woman ArtFX (Kotobukiya)
  • Yoda Ilum, Star Wars (Gentle Giant)

Best Bust

  • Alien Big Chap Legendary Scale (Sideshow)
  • Azog (Gentle Giant)
  • Goblin King (Gentle Giant)
  • Iron Man MK42 Battle Damaged (Hot Toys)
  • Jek Porkins, Star Wars (Gentle Giant)
  • Panzerkommandant Jürgen (Quarantine)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Gentle Giant)
  • Ryu, Street Fighter Life Size (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Scorpion, Life Size (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Sophia Stalker, Walking Dead (Gentle Giant)

Best Designer/Vinyl

  • Baby Dancing Groot (Funko)
  • BeeBop, TMNT (Kid Robot)
  • Chariv, Rise of the Beasts, Glyos (Onell)
  • Dr. Who War Beast SDCC (Titan)
  • Dr. Who War Doctor SDCC (Titan)
  • Elder Scrolls Online Nord (Symbiote)
  • GoGo Yubari, Kill Bill (Funko)
  • Gus Fring, Dead Face, Breaking Bad (Funko)
  • Judge Dredd Cosplay Penguin (Blind Mouse)
  • Kiora Atua, Magic (Funko)
  • Sharknado, Bloody (Funko)
  • Shockwave, Transformers (Loyal Subjects)
  • Splinter, TMNT (Loyal Subjects)
  • Sun Dad Red (RealXHead)
  • Super Crayboth, Glyos (Onell)
  • Tezzeret, Magic (Funko)
  • White Lantern Flash (Funko)
  • Yubiosu (RealXHead)

Best Prop Replica

  • Batman Returns Cowl (Hollywood Collectibles)
  • Breaking Bad Teddy Bear (Mezco)
  • Gremlins 2 Flasher (NECA)
  • Infinity Gauntlet (Hasbro)
  • Larry Talbot’s Cane, Wolfman (Factory Entertainment)
  • Longclaw, GoT (Valyrian Steel)
  • Monkey Brains Bowl, Indiana Jones
  • Predator 1 Bio Mask (Sideshow)
  • Ravenclaw Diadem, Harry Potter (Noble)
  • Sonic Screwdriver, Dr. Who (Rubbertoe)
  • Tomenosuke Blaster Pro Edition (Hollywood Collectibles)
  • Walking Dead Jail Key (McFarlane)

Best Block Figures/Building Set Series

  • DC/Marvel Superheroes (Lego)
  • Halo (MegaBloks)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Ionix)
  • Legends of Chima (Lego)
  • Lego Movie (LEGO)
  • Plants Vs Zombies Minimates (DST)
  • Simpsons (Lego)
  • Spongebob (MegaBloks)
  • Star Wars (Lego)
  • Titanfall (K’Nex)
  • Transformers (Kre-o)
  • Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • WWE (C3)

Best Misc

  • Caesar’s Bust/DVD Case (NECA)
  • Disneyvision (Disney)
  • Grimlock Stomp and Chomp (Hasbro)
  • ReAction Figures (Funko)
  • Star Wars Command (Hasbro)
  • Titanfall Collector’s Edition
  • TMNT Giant Size (Jakks)

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Corn Connection: Thinnest threads in ‘Final Sacrifice’


In The Corn Connection, Venganza Media searches the Now Playing Podcast archives for films featuring the cast of The Children of the Corn series

Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice exists in that very odd place for low-rent horror sequels: It’s not good enough to bring back actors from the first film, and not quite bad enough to draw genre stars willing to sign on for ironic reasons, or for the chance to have their names above the title.

Even Pumpkinhead II had Punky Brewster, and those Prophecy sequels had Christopher Walken.

The Final Sacrifice has… no one.

An exhaustive search through the annals of IMDB turned up only the thinnest threads connecting the “stars” to the Now Playing Podcast archives. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge, and perhaps take a listen to some shows you might have missed along the way.

So, for your listening pleasure, here’s where you can find the cast of Children of the Corn II and the films they’ve appeared in:

Christie Clark (Lacey Hellerstat)A Nightmare on Elm Street Retrospective Series

Clark was a child when she played Jesse’s sister Angela in Freddy’s Revenge. And you probably thought you could rewind to see her in the pool party scene. Shame on you.

Wallace Merck (Sheriff Blaine)Friday the 13th Retrospective Series, Robocop Retrospective Series

Mr. Merck was one of the unfortunate paintball players that stumbled upon a resurrected Jason Voorhees in Jason Lives. Spoiler: He didn’t make it.

He also played “Gun Shop Owner” in Robocop 2, which Now Playing covered earlier this year.

Joe Inscoe (David Simpson)Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Retrospective Series

This actor appeared as “Police Officer No. 2” in the first TMNT film. Again, we’re grasping at straws here.

Marty Terry (Mrs. Burke/Mrs. West)Philip K. Dick Retrospective Series

Terry appeared in a “Pre-Crime PSA” in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report. You can go back and try to spot her, or you can go listen to the Now Playing hosts talk about the picture.

Robert C. Treveiler (Wayde McKenzie)Carrie Retrospective Series

This actor appeared in another sequel to a King film that the author wanted nothing to do with: The Rage: Carrie 2. He played a “patient.” One can only assume it’s during the mental hospital scenes. Do we really have to go back and verify?

Bonus! Treveiler does have a role in Frank Darabont’s The Mist, which Now Playing Podcast will get to (eventually) as part of its Stephen King retrospective.

So there you have it. Not too much in The Final Sacrifice to link back to the archives. Perhaps that’s a good thing. Perhaps we should simply thank the actors for their participation, and part ways.

Maybe we’ll have better luck next week with Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest.

Did we miss anyone? If you spot an actor or actress with a connection to Now Playing Podcast leave a comment and help a fellow listener!

Listen to Now Playing’s review of Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice now at


August 27, 2014 Posted by | News, Now Playing Podcast | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Corn Connection: Thinnest threads in ‘Final Sacrifice’