Hasbro's "Iron Man 3" Electronic ARC FX Mission Mask and ARC FX Gauntlet.
Upside: Fun role-playing toys with electronic features.
Downside: Mask has no voice microphone like similar masks, but makes up for it with light-up eyes and sound FX features and phrases.
Hasbro's "Iron Man 3" Assemblers action figure assortment and Micro Muggs.
Upside: Several Iron Man figure suits, like the movie, plus the Col. James Rhodes' Iron Patriot armor. Large assortment of Micro Muggs.
Downside: Battlers and basic figure assortment have no "human" heroes like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) or Rhodes (Don Cheadle), or villains like Sir Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin (yet).
Mattel's "Man of Steel" Movie Masters figure assortment of Jor-El (Russell Crowe), Superman (Henry Cavill) and General Zod (Michael Shannon).
Upside: Great character likenesses, and the first-ever, longtime coming figure of Crowe.
Downside: No weapons or accessories, like last year's "Dark Knight Rises" fantastic Build a Bat-Signal Movie Masters assortment.
Mattel's "Man of Steel" Movie Masters figure close-up of Superman (Henry Cavill).
Mattel's "Man of Steel" Movie Masters figure close-up of General Zod (Michael Shannon).
Mattel's "Man of Steel" Movie Masters figure close-up of Jor-El (Russell Crowe).
Mattel's "Man of Steel" basic action figure assortment.
Upside: Great figure likenesses of Henry Cavill as Superman and Michael Shannon as General Zod.
Downside: No figures of other characters in first assortment like Russell Crowe's Jor-El, Amy Adams' Lois Lane, etc. (yet).
Close-up of General Zod and Superman from Mattel's "Man of Steel" basic figure assortment.
Mattel's "Man of Steel" Flight Speeders Superman Strike Ship.
Upside: Great concept, two-in-one play as toy doubles as ship 3 3/4-inch figures.
Downside: Getting flying figure to properly launch takes patience and practice.
Mattel's "Man of Steel" Quick Shots
Upside: Easy to play with, good variety of characters
Mattel's "Man of Steel" Quick Shots Battle for Metropolis.
Upside: Figures included, fun, easy to assemble and play with.
KRE-O's "Star Trek Into Darkness" U.S.S. Enterprise set.
KRE-O's "Star Trek Into Darkness" Spock Volcano Mission set
KRE-O's "Star Trek Into Darkness" Transporter set
Mattel's "Turbo" racer assortment.
Upside: Wide variety of colorful characters, easy to play with.
Mattel's "Turbo" Ring of Fire loop track.
Upside: Figure included, easy to assemble and play with.
Mattel's "Turbo" Zipline Stunt Race.
Upside: Unique design, fun idea, Turbo racer included.
Downside: Zipline works, but takes practice and patience -- not as easy to work as it looks.
What was said to be a young Great White shark took two bites on an outrigger canoe Sunday three miles off the Santa Barbara coast. The woman on board was sent into the ocean, but was not harmed.
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A woman is behind bars this morning after police say she rear-ended another vehicle while driving drunk.It happened Saturday afternoon when police say 53-year-old San Luis Obispo resident Lisa Davis was driving along Marsh Street.They say her Ford F-150 rear-ended a Subaru Outback stopped at a red light.The victim suffered a minor injury.Officers say Davis was driving under a suspended license from a prior DUI. She also had an active warrant for her arrest for failure to appear on a prior DUI arrest.
Medical examiners in Las Vegas couldn't determine what killed a 27-year-old California woman whose body was found in September in the Nevada desert.
The Amgen Tour of California, announced the 2015 host cities on Monday including several central coast cities.
Lompoc Police Chief Patrick Walsh has been on the job for about a month and now has a third officer who's been criminally charged this year while off-duty.
Santa Barbara police are investigating a stabbing in the Mesa area of Santa Barbara.
High Surf Advisory is in effect for the Central Coast through Thursday.
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Yo, Pittsburgh. You talk funny. At least, according to Gawker's rankings of America's ugliest accents.
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Douglas MacArthur returns to the Philippines, Nixon sets off the "Saturday Night Massacre," Jackie Kennedy remarries, the Sydney Opera House opens, tragedy strikes Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Muammar Gaddafi is killed, all on this day.
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