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Female Thor may open door for a lot of collectibles photo
Female Thor may open door for a lot of collectibles
by Scarecroodle

For those who missed the somewhat weird announcement earlier this week, Thor will soon be a woman. No, it's not a gender-bend (although it's worth noting something similar was done with Lady Loki) nor is she being billed as a substitute, this is just the new normal because, well, comics!

The Marvel press release explains that Thor will still be a god rather than a goddess (a reference that nobody understands just yet) with a different character wielding Mjolnir. While you could write this all off with a simple "comics be crazy" and completely forget about it (since it's unlikely to ever appear outside of comics, in much the same way the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon doesn't feature Miles Morales) if not for the fact that a female Thor opens a rather large door for merchandising. So when you see a Marvel Bishoujo Thor announced this year (because it seems inevitable) and your brain is spinning for a second, I hope this advance warning from keep you from experiencing a mini mental breakdown.

At any rate, whether you approve or not, it's just the latest in a long trend of comic makers trying to alter existing characters (whether to shake up the status quo for a quick sales boost or not) because promoting new or lesser known characters is apparently hard and risky. I imagine that the overall reaction and profitability of this decision will determine who DC Comics will pull this same trick with.

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8:00 PM on 07.18.2014

The Elder Scrolls Online's Guar goes plush, courtesy of Gaming Heads

Truth be told, I personally don't see myself playing The Elder Scrolls Online but I will bless almost any game that brings more plushes into the world, especially if they look as cool as Gaming Heads' recently released Guar p...

Natalie Kipper



What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP photo
What Pedro Is Up To: Learning to Love the POP
by Pedro Cortes

Looking back, when I first saw the Funko POP series a few years back, I didn't think much of them. I thought they were cute, but I didn't expect for the line to last very long. Well, needless to say that I was wrong. Dead wrong. Multiple lines, a ton of exclusives and dozens of figures later, it's safe to say that the POPs are a success.

However, it took me a long time to start picking up POPs of my own. Despite their cheap price, I didn't want to start dropping money on yet another series of figures. There are just too many that I'd want and if I got started, who knows where I'd stop. Leave it to the Mass Effect series to drag me kicking and screaming into this line, with Funko's first series of toys based on Bioware's space opera RPG.

Now with about ten or so POPs around me room, it's clear that I'm finally a convert to the irresistibly cute collectables. Hit the jump to see which ones have made it into my abode!

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The future is only days away! DST releases SDCC-exclusive DOFP Minimates gallery photo
The future is only days away! DST releases SDCC-exclusive DOFP Minimates gallery
by Scarecroodle

Diamond Select Toys has released a preview gallery, concept sheets, and more for its upcoming (days away!) SDCC-exclusive X-Men: Days of Future Past comic Minimate box set. The box set will be on sale for US$20 at booth #Booth 2607 during SDCC and is limited to 3,000 pieces

The preview gallery features the box set's four Minimates (Logan/Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, and a Sentinel), along with Colossus and Nightcrawler (each sold separately!), and makes use of a few perspective tricks to make the Sentinel look bigger. Also featured is a cross-section of Mystique's different heads which includes her normal head, a half-transformed head, and a full version of Senator Robert Kelly's head (each with an appropriate hairpiece).

Not featured was the Sentinel's alternate, damaged head (which you can see in the concept sheet and the Minimates tray), which looks pretty neat.

Be sure to check out the gallery.

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Three new custom figures from SoKo Cat arrive photo
Three new custom figures from SoKo Cat arrive
by Brian Szabelski

SoKo Cat has some new customs in her shop, with a "B" theme to them. By that, I mean bunnies, broccoli, and 'bots:

  • A custom version of Paul Shih's Bevil, the Broccoflower edition, with some re-paints on Bevil's body to make him look a little more like a blend of broccoli and cauliflower. Sadly this little guy has already sold out.
  • Peter Kato's Bedtime Bunny, in both small and medium versions, in a summertime colorway with some bright colors (US$35 small, US$40 medium)
  • Rotten Daughter's robot has gotten a custom rusting from SoKo Cat, with its heart also salvaged from its body. (US$60)

You can find the ones that aren't sold out in SoKo Cat's shop.

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Cuddlers beware, you're in a SDCC-exclusive Teddy Scare photo
Cuddlers beware, you're in a SDCC-exclusive Teddy Scare
by Scarecroodle

Applehead Factory Design Studio will be selling an exclusive 12-inch version of its Teddy Scares Edwin Morose at SDCC. The plush bear, which features an exclusive SDCC-marked scarf, will be limited to 250 pieces.

Edwin Morose (who may be an homage to Edgar Allen Poe?) features a sweater with a broken heart emblazoned on it, although it's really that scarf that sells the look. His official read-up is: “Edwin has the soul of a tragic poet, and the way he speaks reflects it. The loss of his true love still haunts him. He won’t find peace, until he finds true love once again.”   

Although Apple Factory specifically notes the scarf as a major difference between the SDCC and standard versions, there appear to be some significant changes such as the color of the shirt and the emblazoned heart. The biggest difference might be that the standard version comes with a bouquet of black roses which are omitted from the SDCC exclusive (was it because of that expensive scarf?). While also having the bouquet might have been a nice touch, I'm still inclined to say that the SDCC Edwin is the superior version.

The SDCC-exclusive Edwin Morose will be on sale at booth #4923 for US$30. Given that it's the same same MSRP as the standard bears in the 12-inch Teddy Scares line (which look pretty neat), it seems like a decent deal. 

If you're interested in the line, be sure to check out our SDCC coverage which hopefully will include some booth photos (and, in the mean time, you can their out the booth from SDCC 2012).

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10:00 PM on 07.17.2014

TF4 Optimus Prime finally gets ideal movie likeness with new model

Back in 2011 Takara Tomy introduced us to the first Dual Model Kit, a kit of Optimus Prime as he appeared in Transfomers: Dark of the Moon. It was a very impressive kit featuring a fully articulated, pre-built and pre-painted...

Jeremy Emerje Crocker

8:10 PM on 07.17.2014

Kotobukiya conjures up more Bishoujo, teases Zatanna

Kotobukiya is going to have quite the show for us at San Diego Comic Con. We've already seen the teasers for Street Fighter Bishoujo Sakura. Then there was one for Marvel Bishoujo Wasp. DC hasn't been forgotten as the la...

Andres Cerrato



Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders photo
Kotobukiya's Sinon hits the target for pre-orders
by Martin Siggers

Kotobukiya pretty quickly carved out a reputation as the go to manufacturer for Sword Art Online figures, what with their spectacular renditions of Asuna and Leafa. Now that the second series of the anime is starting up they're back in the game, this time with a figure of cool calm sniper girl Sinon from the currently airing Gun Gale Online arc. 

Sinon looks great as you'd expect and Kotobukiya have done a good job of reproducing her distinctive outfit. I love the crisp white stripes and black piping, and there's plenty of detail to be found on her weapon. The ejecting cartridge and accompanying smoke trail effect in particular are wonderful touches. I've got a big problem with the rather inexplicable pose though. Is she falling? Diving? Did she just trip? It's disappointingly static and I'd have liked a look which made much more explicit if this was an action pose or just something more casual.

That aside, people love the ladies of Sword Art Online so I'm sure there'll be plenty of fans chomping at the bit to get their hands on her. Sinon is available to order now for what's fast becoming the standard high-end figure price of ¥9,800. She's due out in December, so hit the links if you feel like bringing a deadly assassin home.

[ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | Big in Japan ]

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2:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Titan Merchandise also announces Dragon Age Titans

Are you as excited as Vanessa was earlier about Titan Merchandise's new Buffy Titans? Well, hold on to your butts, because that's not the only announcement they made today. In a separate e-mail, Titan have also announced a ne...

Brian Szabelski

12:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Hooray! Buffy gets her own blind box series from Titan Merchandise

Titan Merchandise and Luartik are really bringing it! They keep coming out with figure series from great shows and movies, and today’s announcement is the best. They will be making a Buffy the Vampire Slayer figure ser...

Vanessa Cubillo

11:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Monster Factory's new Kickstarter is Mythical, adorable

You guys remember Margot the Unicorn from Monster Factory's Mythicals plush line? Well, the toys' Kickstarter campaign launched a few days ago and I couldn't be more excited! For the uninitiated, Monster Factory is ...

Natalie Kipper