Hellboy Miniatures Game and Competition.

Anyone who know me or had read this in the past will know I am a fan of the Mantic GamesThe Walking Dead miniatures game. So it fills me with glee to see Mantic turning their hand to another licence. In this case HELLBOY.

With the reveal of their first miniature, the red handed demon monkey himself Mantic have also started a competition to win a Hellboy Miniature.

From their facebook page.

Today we’re delighted to unveil the first miniature from the upcoming Hellboy game! Also, we’ve got a great community contest for you to get involved in.

Would you like to paint one of the pre-production Hellboy miniatures? Just comment below with a pic of your best painted Mantic miniature (it has to be Mantic so we can share the results) by March 29th and we’ll choose our favourite to receive a resin Hellboy to paint (and keep) ahead of the Kickstarter launch. What are you waiting for? Get painting!

Mantic Games Hellboy Miniature Prototype
Mantic Games Hellboy Miniature Prototype

The news of Mantic’s Hellboy project reached us on the 5th January this year:

Mantic Games is pleased to announce it has entered into a licensing partnership with Dark Horse Comics for the worldwide rights to produce a game set in Mike Mignola’s inspirational Hellboy comic book universe.

The Hellboy board game will be a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic BRPD members, such as Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Roger the Homunculus, before exploring gothic locations and uncovering ancient artifacts.

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The project is due to hit Kickstarter in April 2018. (and we cannot wait).

The Hellboy board game will be developed at Mantic by Mantic’s own (and formerly Games Workshop’s) James M. Hewitt. James’ previous gaming development credits include DreadBall, Necromunda 2017, Blood Bowl 2016, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth. So he is no stranger to developing engaging games.

“The thought of sinking my teeth into the BPRD’s adventures and reimagining them for the tabletop… well, that sounds more fun than a monkey with a gun. This is a great chance to make a narrative-led game that mixes big, loud action with a wry sense of humour. I can’t wait!”

— James M. Hewitt January 2018.

Mimic – First Time on Blu-Ray this Halloween

This halloween sees science fiction and horror smash together MIMIC: SPECIAL EDITION, from superstar director Guillermo Del Toro, is released on Blu-ray for the first time on 31 October, 2011, courtesy of Studiocanal.

Originally released cinemas in 1997, this effectively creepy sci-fi horror was Del Toro?s first foray into American cinema and provided English-speaking audiences with an early glimpse of the genius that was to follow in modern classics as diverse as Pan?s Labyrinth, Hellboy and Blade II. This brand new version, re-cut by Guillermo Del Toro himself, is a revelation!

Cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease around Manhattan, claiming the lives of the city?s children. Entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino – Mighty Aphrodite, Reservation Road) and her husband Peter Mann (Jeremy Northam ? Enigma, Gosford Park) use genetic engineering to create the Judas Breed to kill off the deadly cockroaches. However, this deadly strain of insect evolves over time, growing as big as people and learning to mimic their movements. The perfect killer is born and humanity is its hunting ground…

A success in its own right, MIMIC: SPECIAL EDITION nevertheless transforms Del Toro?s original into a new feature, much closer to his original vision What?s more, packed with brand new extra features, MIMIC: SPECIAL EDITION is a genuine gift to horror and Del Toro fans this Halloween.

Extras: Video prologue with Guillermo Del Toro, Audio commentary with Guillermo Del Toro, ?Reclaiming Mimic featurette, ?A Leap In Evolution ? The Creatures of Mimic? featurette, ?Back Into The Tunnels ? Shooting Mimic? featurette, Deleted scenes, Storyboard animatics, Gag reel, Theatrical Trailer

Guillermo Del Toro?s Ultimate Collection

Guillermo Del Toro Blu-ray boxset
Guillermo Del Toro Blu-ray boxset

Prepare to be astounded with the upcoming Blu-ray release of Guillermo Del Toro?s ultimate collection on the 25th October 2010 courtesy of Optimum Home Entertainment

?Cronos, a unique, terrifying mini-masterpiece? Empire

?Pan?s Labyrinth, compelling from first to last? BBC

?The Devil?s Backbone, both chilling and rewarding? Film Four

Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro is recognised as one of the world’s most spectacularly inventive filmmakers, balancing visually stunning blockbusters (Hellboy and Blade 2) with smaller, personal projects such as the three revolutionary films brought together in this Blu-ray collection? THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, PAN’S LABYRINTH and his debut feature, CRONOS. All three picture masters for this triple boxset special were supervised and approved by Guillermo himself and the effect is a visually enchanting masterpiece.

In each of these three beautifully haunting films, Del Toro weaves together black fairy tales with bleak reality. Guillermo has given film fans some of the most intelligent films in modern cinema and this box set perfectly showcases truly incredible talent.

Delve even deeper into the magical fairytale horror of the Guillermo Del Toro Collection with fabulous DVD extras such as behind the scenes footage, cast and crew interviews, featurettes aplenty and audio commentary from Guillermo himself.

CRONOS

The earliest of the movies in the box set is the acclaimed Cronos. Released in 1993, it’s an inventive and compassionate reworking of vampire mythology, a story of family loyalties as well as alchemy and vampirism.

An old antiques dealer, Jesus Gris, finds a mechanical device called the “Cronos device.? Whilst holding the Cronos it springs open and its metallic legs pierce Jesus? flesh. Once “bitten,” he develops a craving for human blood, and his body grows more and more youthful with each drink. As the addiction spreads through his body, he realises he desires the blood of his innocent granddaughter…

Cronos is peculiarly compassionate, approaching the question of immortality poetically as well as horrifically and humorously.

Blu-ray Extras:

New extra Geometria short film, New extra: Guillermo Del Toro interview, New extra: Director?s notes, Gallery, Guillermo Navaro interview, ?

Guillermo Del Toro audio commentary and Original Del Toro interview.

THE DEVIL?S BACKBONE

2001’s The Devil’s Backbone is a deliciously dark horror that tells the tale of a remote Spanish orphanage during the final days of The Spanish Civil War. Its young inhabitants are brutally terrorised by a spirit that stalks the building?s dark decaying hallways. A story of orphan children battling for survival against the spirit-world building up to a grisly, explosive finale where the children unravel the truth behind the spirit?s haunting.

Blu-ray Extras:

New extra: Video Prologue by Guillermo Del Toro, Of Ghosts And Fauns: Del Toro?s Spanish Civil War, Behind the scenes featurette, Special effects, Trailer, Storyboards, Biogs and Guillermo Del Toro audio commentary.

PAN?S LABYRINTH

Pan’s Labyrinth, released in 2006 to critical acclaim, mingles real life politics and social drama with fantasy and magic to create a masterpiece of modern cinema. An imaginative gothic fairytale for adults set in Spain during World War II, Pan?s Labyrinth is a beautiful, charming, graphic and deadly story of a young girl?s journey to her own fantasy world, created in order to escape a cruel and harsh reality. Entering a mysterious and enchanting world of fairies, fauns and giant frogs, she is told she must accomplish three gruesome, assignments before being able to see her father again.

Blu-ray Extras:

New extra: Motion comics, Video Prologue by Guillermo Del Toro, The Guardian Interview at the NFT with Guillermo Del Toto, The Power of Myth, DVD Comic Sketches: The Pale, the Fairies, the giant Toad and Pan, El Fauno y Las Hadas, The Colour and the Shape, Storyboard/thumbnails, VFX Plate Compare: Guillermo Del Toro and the Green Fairy, Director?s Notebook, The Melody Echoes the Fairy Tale, Mercedes? Lullaby, Poster Gallery and Trailer.