Monday, October 16, 2017

First Look at the 20 Years of an Icon Statue Collection


We finally get a look at the ever secretive "20 Years of an Icon" statue collection by Gaming Heads! The image above is a mock-up of how the statues will look and how they all can fit together in one hell of a gorgeous display!

The statues were originally going to be cast in 1/4 scale which would have made the collection massive with a massive price tag. Plans have changed and now they will be cast in 1/6 scale making the collection much more feasible for collector's such as myself. There will be exclusive variations of each statue with slight differences, more on that later.

The first to be released will be the "Tomb Raider I" statue, hopefully coming later this year, followed by the "Tomb Raider III" statue early next year. The other statues will follow consecutively.


Below are the first 3D printed statues of the collection. You can imagine how wonderfully detailed these statues will be. Note how the Tomb Raider I statue's arms are posed differently...hmm.




The details of the statue collection were first shown by Meagan and Morrigan in the Crystal Compass Live stream. Check it out here: Crystal Compass Live - Episode #2

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tomb Raider Movie Trailer Unearthed


What an exciting 24 hours it has been! The Tomb Raider fan base is shook with the release of the full-length trailer for Tomb Raider. Watch it in all it's glory above.

And when I say all it's glory, I mean ALL IT'S GLORY! This trailer is packed with the very meaning TOMB RAIDER! You'll notice all the likenesses to the past two games and then... BOOM, dual pistols baby! That's right, and they're the exact models Angelina Jolie holstered in the first two films! It's got the tombs, the mysterious island, the brutal action, the drama, the bow and arrows, the guns, the growth of Lara as the bad ass Tomb Raider and more!

And that's not all! Watch the "Becoming Lara Croft" behind the scenes video below to get all sorts of gritty with Alicia Vikander!


And more! The trailer was released exclusively with a live sit down with Alicia herself, courtesy of IGN. Watch the happenings below.


Still more! The director, Roar Uthaug, gave us some commentary.


Nope, there's more! Alicia then proceeded to hop on set with James Corden of The Late Late Show and it is hilarious and awesome all at the same time!



I am so excited for this film and I can't wait to see it on opening night! I hope to see you there in March of 2018.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Tomb Raider Movie Teaser and Poster Revealed!!!



The time has come fellow raiders! The trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider film is coming tomorrow and we have the official teaser above to prove it! I get all the feels and chills just watching this teaser and I can't wait to see the full trailer in the next 24 hours. Alicia Vikander looks absolutely adventurous as Lara Croft and I have no doubt this film will be an exhilarating experience for all fans.

The first official poster can be seen below as well. I love how closely it resembles the reboot video games. The look on Alicia's face shows some stern vulnerability, but the musculature of the body shows that she can handle anything and she will become the "Tomb Raider" we all know.

Keep your eyes open for the official trailer of Tomb Raider and more on the official social channels:

Official Site
YouTube
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter


Read the official film synopsis below:

Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen.  Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class.  Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone.  Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

Going explicitly against his final wishes, she leaves everything she knows behind in search of her dad’s last-known destination: a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan.  But her mission will not be an easy one; just reaching the island will be extremely treacherous.  Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who—against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit—must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown.  If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, “Tomb Raider” is the story that will set a young and resolute Lara Croft on a path toward becoming a global hero.  The film stars Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina,” “The Danish Girl”) in the lead role, under the direction of Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”), with Oscar-winner Graham King (“The Departed”) producing under his GK Films banner.

The film’s production begins on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the wildly popular videogame franchise from Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.

“Tomb Raider” also stars Dominic West (“Money Monster,” “300”), Walton Goggins (“The Hateful Eight,” “Django Unchained”) and Daniel Wu (AMC’s “Into the Badlands”).

Shooting on location in South Africa and the UK, Uthaug directs from a script by Geneva Robertson-Dworet.  The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography George Richmond (“Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”); production designer Gary Freeman (“Maleficent”); Oscar-nominated editor Stuart Baird (“Skyfall,” “Gorillas in the Mist”); and costume designer Tim Wonsik (key costumer, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”).

“Tomb Raider” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by MGM.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Alicia Vikander Stuns in New Tomb Raider Film Image


A new issue of Empire magazine is on shelves now featuring this stunning new image of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the upcoming film Tomb Raider. She looks phenomenal and completely captures the essence of the rebooted franchise. I love the subtle differences in her outfit and gear. Tomb Raider releases in March 2018.

Read more on the Empire website.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

#TombRaider20 Revisited

2016: The Year of Tomb Raider

2016 was the 20 year anniversary of Tomb Raider, the original game from 1996. It was a year full of celebration and unique events showcasing everyone's love for our heroine Lara Croft. It went by pretty fast and boy was it a whirlwind of fun, but you may have missed some things. So I decided to put together a reminiscent post of the happenings of last year.

In the Tomb Raider 20 Year Challenge famous YouTubers and Gamers competed against each other in true adventurer style to win the ultimate prize: The Golden Axe. Check out both episodes below.

Tomb Raider 20 Year Challenge: Episode 1

Tomb Raider 20 Year Challenge: Episode 2

See how these Lara Croft cosplayers celebrated at San Diego Comic Con...oh and the bear.

A Day with Lara Crofts at SDCC 2016

Sit down with the panel at Comic Con to discuss Lara's massive multimedia empire. Speaker include the one and only Meagan Marie, the fabulous Camilla Luddington, the amazing Andy Park, the phenomenal Noah Hughes, the wonderful Debbie Lash, and the Kinda Funny Greg Miller.

SDCC 2016 Panel: 20 Years of Tomb Raider - Lara Croft's Multimedia Empire

It was a fantastic year for Tomb Raider and if you wanna see more or if you feel that there is something else that you missed, fiddle through the official Tomb Raider YouTube channel to find out.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Unreleased Lara Weller Images



Check out these previously unreleased images of official model Lara Weller! She promoted the franchise from 1999 to 2000.

Original Tomb Raider Movie Poster


This is the original Tomb Raider movie poster. It was a teaser before the official media showcasing Angelina Jolie went into production.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Rise of the Tomb Raider Gets an Xbox One X Overhaul


Rise of the Tomb Raider is getting the Xbox One X enhanced treatment this November 7th along with said console's launch date. The update will download for free for those who already have the game and install it on the new console.

This version of the game is the most visually stunning Tomb Raider game to date with an array of technical tweaks the player can choose from.

One of three visual modes:
  • Native 4K
  • Enriched Visuals
  • High Frame Rate
More visual and technical enhancements include:
  • HDR Display Support
  • Spatial Audio Support (Such as Dolby Atmos)
  • Enhanced Resolution Textures for Lara, NPC's, and Environments
  • Improved Anti-Aliasing
  • Volumetric Lighting Improvements
  • Reflection Improvements
  • Foliage Inhancements
  • Polygonal Detail Upgrades
  • Texture Filtering Improved
Enjoy the gorgeous screens below and head on over to the Tomb Raider Forums for the FAQ.
(video best viewed on a 4K device)







Sunday, August 20, 2017

The "Original" Tomb Raider Game Informer Cover



Behold: This is the full artwork cover and advert of the original Tomb Raider from Game Informer magazine. I love that after almost 21 years after it's original release we are still uncovering treasures such as this.

Lara Croft Spotted in Ready Player One Teaser!


If you haven't came across this yet, this is very interesting! Lara Croft can be seen in this "Ready Player One" SDCC Teaser Trailer! A lot of characters are going to be in this film, but it came as a total surprise to see LC herself! You can see her at about the 1:50 mark towards the right of the screen talking to Master Chief amidst the race cars!

It was also surprising to see this and absolutely nothing about the upcoming Tomb Raider film. I was expecting at least a teaser or a panel since it was presumed Alicia Vikander was in the immediate area. I guess they have other plans for us and we'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tomb Raider Underworld Goes Backwards Compatible On Xbox One


I would have thought the trilogy of Legend, Anniversary, and Underworld would have been made backwards compatible back when the announcement of Rise of the Tomb Raider being Xbox exclusive hit, but alas no. We finally get to play Underworld though! The Xbox exclusive DLC is backwards compatible as well! Hopefully the others will follow suite soon.

Crystal Dynamics have also given us an extra treat! Check out these unreleased box art explorations for the game! They are pretty cool if you ask me.








Tomb Raider Coloring Pages!


In honor of #ColoringBookDay Crystal Dynamics commissioned these amazing coloring pages from the one and only TholiaArt! Now we can join in on the coloring phenomenon with Lara Croft! I think it's time for an official coloring book, don't you? ;)

Participate in #ColoringBookDay by coloring these pages any way you like and upload them on social media tagging @TombRaider #TRColoringBook2017 and they'll share your work throughout the day!

Get the full resolution images via Flikr

Crystal Dynamics Turns 25!


Crystal Dynamics is celebrating their 25th anniversary with some awesome game bundles from their repertoire including Tomb Raider! Get great games now and support the Game Changer charity in doing so! Hurry, there's not much time left!

Updates On The Tomb Raider Suite Progress


GameFaceShow recently interviewed Nathan McCree on The Tomb Raider Suite and his progress on the project.

Nathan is hard at work getting The Tomb Raider Suite all set for production! Over the last month he has been going through all of the orders of the backers tallying up everything that needs to be made. He is about half way through, so hang in there if you haven't heard from him yet. He will confirm your add-ons and such via e-mail.

The stretch goals are also looking like they indeed will be possible. Nathan has confirmed that the choir will be increased from 20 to 40 members and a 5th recording session will be held at Abbey Road Studios. Hopefully the rest of the goals can be made as well.

The Tomb Raider Suite website will soon be updated with options to purchase select Kickstarter merchandise and the retail version of the album!

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Tomb Raider Comic Series Announced!


Dark Horse and Crystal Dynamics have announced Tomb Raider: Survivor's Crusade, the third run of comics from the reboot series. A whole new creative team will detail Lara's quest to uncover the mystery of her father's death. And...hopefully...these issues will lead into the next Tomb Raider game! Preview the story and sketches below!



From Dark Horse:

"The trials and tribulations of Lara Croft continue! Dark Horse and Crystal Dynamics are excited to announce the next installment in the Tomb Raider comic universe. Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade boasts a whole new creative team with Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Joyride, Hacktivist) composing Lara’s new adventure, while Ashley A. Woods (Ladycastle, Niobe) brings Lara Croft to life, and colorist legend Michael Atiyeh (Conan the Slayer, Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens) makes the art pop! Hannah Fisher (Cosmoknights) has created the gorgeous cover for the first issue."

"In Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade, Lara Croft has unfinished business. After facing Trinity in Siberia, she’s driven to unravel the mystery behind her father’s death. After pushing her training to the limit and following clues that lead to more questions than answers, Lara is prepared to put everything on the line to uncover the truth."

The first of four issues debuts November 22, 2017.

Source: DarkHorse.com

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy Etch-A-Sketch Day!


Happy Etch-A-Sketch Day! The good folks over at Crystal Dynamics commissioned this amazing piece by PrincessEtch a.k.a. Jane Labowitch to celebrate a classic character and a classic toy.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tomb Raider IV Promo Mock-Ups


With "The Tomb Raider Suite" album in the process of being recorded and not much else popping up on the new "Tomb Raider" film, we are in a bit of a lull... In the meantime, Meagan Marie and Crystal Dynamics scrounged up some nice classic assets. Here are two unused promo mock-ups from "Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation". More to come soon so stay tuned. Enjoy!


Saturday, June 24, 2017

TOMB RAIDER SUITE CAMPAIGN FINALE


The Tomb Raider Suite has just over an hour left and we have seen such tremendous support! With a main goal of about $207,000 USD, we are currently sitting at a whopping $247,827 USD! That's almost 120% funded!

We can only assume that the stretch goals of mastering the original synthesizer soundtracks and the documentary are within reach, but we'll just have to wait to hear from Nathan himself. I am so happy for Nathan McCree and all of us Tomb Raider fans can rejoice in cherishing his music all over again in a brand new masterpiece.











Friday, June 23, 2017

TOMB RAIDER SUITE SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED AND BEYOND!!!


The Tomb Raider Suite has successfully met it's goal and keeps on climbing! With 22 hours still remaining and pledges still rolling in, I have faith that we will reach all of the stretch goals as well!

Stretch Goals:


  • Increase the size of the Choir for the recording at Abbey Road
  • Increase the size of the Brass Section for the recording at Abbey Road
  • Increase the size of the Woodwind Section for the recording at Abbey Road
  • Record and release the synthesizer only version of The Tomb Raider Suite
  • Remaster and release the original, unchanged game soundtracks for Tomb Raider I, II, and III
  • Film and release a TV/DVD documentary about the making of The Tomb Raider Suite

I knew we could do it Raiders! I am so excited and cannot wait for all of us to get this iconic piece of Tomb Raider History in our hands!

Also: Upgrade your pledge to get this amazing 3D Acrylic Logo!!!

(NOTE: THE IPHONE PRIZE DRAW HAS BEEN PULLED BY KICKSTARTER - If you upgraded your pledge specifically for this prize draw, you can keep your pledge the same (message Nathan on Kickstarter if you want to be rewarded with merchandise equal to your iPhone pledge), or downgrade your pledge.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

FINAL DAYS - TOMB RAIDER SUITE KICKSTARTER RECIEVES MORE REWARDS!


The Tomb Raider Suite Kickstarter Campaign is in it's final 72 hours and has received even more incentive rewards for pledging your support! If you have already made a pledge to the campaign, you can upgrade your pledge and get this beautiful Classic Lara Gold Edition Poster added to your package! In addition to that, you can either have a choice of album art (Modern or Classic) when the campaign is funded, or you can upgrade your pledge and receive both versions. Prices available on the Kickstarter Update Page. We need your help! We are so close to funding this project! Let's do this everyone!