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.
John Palminteri photo
A brownish creature, with sharp teeth and claws, is deceased on the beach in Santa Barbara after the latest storm, and many people are wondering what it is.
Cory James photo
Santa Maria Police have confirmed a homicide that happened on the 1000 block of West Morrison in Santa Maria early Monday morning.
Source: Santa Barbara City Fire Department
A construction worker suffered significant burns to his arms with possible facial burns in what Santa Barbara City Fire are calling a flash fire that sparked from a gas line shortly after 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Photo courtesy: William Noack
In one of the strangest car accidents to happen in Santa Barbara, a white pickup truck slammed head-on into the back of another pickup lifting it above the culprit vehicle. See photo.
Victoria Sanchez photo
A laundromat in Goleta had to be evacuated after a clothes dryer caught fire.
Young surfers swarm the beach to compete in Lakey Peterson Leadbetter Classic surf competition
Some of the youngest patients at Cottage Hospital got a surprise visit from Old Saint Nick Monday morning in their hospital rooms.
Animal Rescue Team
A tortured coyote is rehabilitated and back in the wild.
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What do the words Reign Aston and North West have in common? They're both unusual names given to the children of famous celebrities -- and they're not alone.
Some of the youngest patients at Cottage Hospital got a surprise visit from Old Saint Nick Monday morning in their hospital rooms.Victoria Sanchez photos
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