At the time of this post, it's only 15 days until San Diego Comic Con. With time ticking down, you know that there'd be a ton of exclusive announcements and let me tell you, companies have definitely unleashed the floodgates....
The biggest buzz in the last 24 hours from SDCC is almost certainly Square Enix's latest Variant Play Arts Kai: Batman, as designed by Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura. I've checked around the Internet and seen some mixed reactions to the reveal, but getting to see it in person at Square Enix's booth leaves me looking for the right words to describe it.
Well, "gigantic" is one word that fits. There's little mistaking it for anything but Nomura's work, as it really resembles something you'd expect from the Final Fantasy series. And those wings are huge, taking up a considerable amount of case space. I think it has to be the largest Play Arts Kai figure I've seen to date, by a considerable margin. You could also perhaps use the word "sleek" due to the metallic black paint that coats an otherwise armored surface.
We'll have a little more info and some more detailed looks at Nomura's Batman and all the other Play Arts Kai figures a little later on in our San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage.
Hey there everybody, welcome to day zero of our 2014 coverage of San Diego Comic Con! As we do every year, we’ll be plastering the site with pics from all the booths we come across on the gargantuan show floor.
Funko is bringing three special edition Hikari sofubi figures to SDCC. "Mean & Green" Raphael (TMNT), "Ice Freeze" Batman, and "Red Rain" Batman will each be sold in a very limited 500 piece run.
"Mean & Green" might be my favorite Raphael deco so far, with a neat color mix and glitter effect (although it's certainly no "Mystic Powers" Skeletor!). "Ice Freeze" Batman is also neat with that blue deco with white eyes, gloves, and boots. Finally there's "Red Rain" Batman, possibly the most colorful use of the Batman mold that we've seen thus far.
As always, fans have to chance to win a copy of the first figure in the run by entering via Funko's Facebook page. It's as good an opportunity as any for those of us not attending SDCC this year. For those who can make it to the show, these will be sold at the Funko booth (#5343).
Diamond Select Toys' latest PREVIEWS offerings (now available for pre-order) inlcude a MLP:FIM Fluttershy vinyl bank, an electronic B9 robot, and the Frank Gorshin Riddler vinyl bank bust. In short, it's another mixed month.
DC Collectibles has released its monthly solicits. These items are mostly slated to release in either January or February and should be available for pre-order in the coming days (if not already).
Highlights include the DC Cover Girls Starfire, figures based on the Justice League: Throne of Atlantis animated movie (including Mera), as well as a few items seen in DCC's recent big unveil (such as the Bombshells Hawkgirl, some of the Designer Series figures, the new Arrow figures, etc).
While I haven't been a fan of DC Collectibles' decision to do a lower-articulation animated film line, a few of them (like Mera and Aquaman) seem to be turning out pretty well. Still, given the drop in detail and articulation, I would expect the lines' MSRPs would have more than just a meager US$5 difference.
Otherwise I'm just surprised that the Scribblenauts Unmasked line is picking up momentum so quickly. DC Collectibles is just plowing ahead at full steam, having shown six series/waves now (five of which have been made available for pre-order/order with two at retail). Should the line continue to prove a success I would imagine that DCC may try its hand at other blind-boxed series.
Be sure to check out all the images in the gallery.
With SDCC only a couple of weeks away, DC Collectibles has chosen to dump a whole list of reveals on MTV News all at once. Basically everything you could imagine is here from the Bombshells series to Batman: Arkham Knight merch to the DC Designer Series to... ugh, it's just not fair having this much revealed at once!
Being honest here, I kind of forgot that Injustice was a thing. The game was released quite some time ago and the S.H. Figuarts Batman from the game was debuted at New York Comic Con last year. Since October last year, we did...
Following up on an action figure anatomy lesson earlier this month, DC Collectibles has released a guide for making an action figure. While not quite a do-it-yourself thing, the guide provides a brief overview of the steps that go into creating a figure from conception to production. More importantly, it makes for a relatively neat image.
Be sure to check out the full chart in the gallery.
Batman has made a few appearances in Kotobukiya's ARTFX and ArtFX+ lines but, as a SDCC exclusive, the character is finally making a "First Appearance" in the ArtFX+ line. Based on the original Bob Kane artwork, Kotobukiya has crafted a version of Batman as he first appeared in Detective Comics issue #27.
While a First Appearance Batman (or "the Bat-Man") probably has a more limited appeal than other versions of the character, it still seems like this figure would have done well with a wider release. The pose is solid and, with the exception of the cowl's "ears" and the logo, he looks enough like your average Batman release (mostly because the purple gloves are covered by the cape). This is probably one of the better comic ArtFX+ figures that have been produced thus far which makes it something of a shame that it's a SDCC exclusive.
Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ First Appearance Batman will be on sale at SDCC and, if I'm reading things right, a number will be available to non-attendees through "a limited kotous.com non-attendee pre-order event".
Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman had an unexpected co-star in this month's scans as he was joined by an unpainted Injustice Joker.
This revelation is a little surprising given that Injustice: Gods Among ...
Last month we took a look at Funko's upcoming Pop! Deathstroke and, at the time, I noted that there were going to be three versions of the character: a normal deco, a metallic, and an unmasked version. We saw the first two bu...