3 Feb
The first Avenger gets a second film

Looks like the summer of 2014 — much like every summer in the 21st century — is going to belong to Marvel. The first Avenger, Captain America, gets a new trailer this weekend for his sophomore film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We were positively surprised at how good the first movie was, so suffice to […]


12 Aug
1/6th-scale action figures from artist/designer Ashley Wood

The amazing crew over at 3A Toys teased a trio of new zombie soldiers from their DEAD EASY CORP set. The highly detailed 1/6th-scale action figures are part of 3A Toys’ “Adventure Kartel” line, and feature three robot-hunting, machine-gun-toting zombie soldiers billed for a September release/pre-order. As they write: “Normally found in sweaty dick pouches […]


11 Jan
Using the Congolese Warlord's weapons against them

With desks dusted from dumpsters in Venice Beach, five lonely dollars, and a simple idea to help bring peace to the Congo, Falling Whistles began battling perhaps the world’s biggest war. In the Congo, child soldiers are sent to the front lines with only a whistle as a weapon. After meeting with 5 boys who […]


6 Jan
"Made in China" soldier portrait by Joe Black

Artist Joe Black’s “Made in China”, an amazingly intricate and creative work of art, should be considered a metaphorical piece. With thousands of toy soldiers making up photographer Robert Capra’s 1938 LIFE magazine portrait of a Chinese solider, it conveys visually how each individual soldier is part of a collective that contributes to the military […]


2 May
The hell of war comes home

A commentary on the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on the waves of American veterans returning from tours of duty in Iraq. These toy soldiers — an obvious twist on the ubiquitous green plastic soldiers kids play with the world over — are an art project titled Casualties of War. As creators Dorothy write: “The […]


28 Jan
Iron Man suits may not be that far away

Holy crap this looks crazy. Designed by Lockheed Martin, the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) is a “completely un-tethered, hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton that provides users with the ability to carry loads of up to 200 lbs for extended periods of time and over all terrains.” The suit is totally mobile and capable of running, squatting […]


21 Jan
Turning soldiers back to children

Props to UNICEF for these Child Soldier Toys — sure they look like those ubiquitous green plastic soldiers everyone grew up playing with (actually, do kids even play with those anymore?), but a closer look reveals they’re actually kids at play. It’s a clever and subversive way to bring attention to the global crisis (especially […]