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....
Lost in history thanks to DC's unceremonious reboot in the 1960's, high-end statue maker Tweeterhead revisits the now forgotten member of the Bat-family. While Barbara Gordon's popularity on the television series translated t...
Announced at New York Toy Fair 2015, the next Injustice: Gods Among Us S.H. Figuarts is: Superman. Though now Bandai gives us some official pictures of this murderous dictator in some familiar poses. While we don't have a ver...
Ever since Kotobukiya announced that it would be creating a series of ArtFX+ figures inspired by (or in tribute to) the DC Super Powers Collection I've been sitting on the edge of my seat (figuratively speaking, because I would fall off after a while). At NY Toy Fair 2015, Kotobukiya unveiled the line... and it's a total curveball!
This is a line of statues which don't look like statues. They look plastic (and not in that ratchet kind of way) thanks to a surprisingly flat paint tone and simplistic sculpt (as well as the cloth capes). The figures feature lines to give the illusion of joints so, at a glance, you'd think they were normal toys. In some cases, those marks represent limbs you could swap out with an interchangeable joint (as seen with Superman's "power punch" arm in the case).
The initial line-up is all heroes: Superman, Flash, Green Lantern (with lantern accessory!), Batman, Robin, Hawkman, Aquaman, and Wonder Woman (they release in that order, starting this August). It's worth noting that these were the eight superheroes who appeared in wave 1 of Kenner's toy line and, if it's successful, I wonder if Kotobukiya will follow up with the villains from the wave.
The coolest part, however, is the apparent US$30 MSRP which makes them cheaper than the usual ArtFX+ figure (maybe they ARE made of plastic?). Pre-orders are already open for Superman. I can't wait to get my hands on some of these.
MTV News has stolen a sneak peek at DC Collectibles upcoming Batman: The Animated Series collectibles, including a look at character sheets which feature the accessories. It's kind of a big deal.
The reveals include a 24-inch long Batmobile (that's right, vehicle support, baby!) with interior detailing, Bane, the Phantasm (from the first B:TAS film and only one with a theatrical release, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm), the Mad Hatter, and Nightwing. Additionally, we also got a look at the accessories for the previously revealed Scarecrow (and YES, he comes with his walking stick!). All of the figures seem to feature interchangeable hands and a few extras.
The only downside is that the Phantasm will be 2-packed with Batman (which isn't a huge deal if you don't have a Batman from the series). We also don't know what her accessories may be, although I hope that the figure can either unmask or includes unmasked parts. Hopefully they could even pack her unmasked as an homage to the figure which spoiled the frigging movie (seriously, what the hell, Kenner?). The way that the cowl is draped, it looks like the section could be removable, but I expect that we may know a bit more come NY Toy Fair.
All of these figures are slated for an October 2015 release, with the normal figures having the usual US$25 MSRP while the Batmobile will be listed for around US$100.
Fans will recall the roughly 4-inch line consisted of DC's superheroes, supervillains, and a few characters who were made up just to sell toys (I'm looking at you, Golden Pharaoh!). Each figure featured an action gimmick: by squeezing their legs, it would trigger things like arm flailing (if my balls were being scrunched, I imagine my arms would flail as well).
Kotobukiya humorously introduced the line of statues as follows:
"Return to the classic era of action figures with the DC Comics SUPER POWERS COLLECTION, a vintage-inspired line of ARTFX+ statues from Kotobukiya! With features such as 'Power Action' stances, multiple points of non-articulation and real cloth capes it will feel like the 80’s all over again! Remember…only you can decide the battle of good vs. evil!"
Personally, I can't wait to see the series... even if I'm not expecting much from "Power Action" stances. (Prove me wrong, Kotobukiya, prove me wrong.) The inclusion of cloth elements should help to really set the line apart both from Kotobukiya's usual offerings as well as comparable collectibles from other companies.
Will Kotobukiya release an ArtFX+ Darkseid? And will he feature light-piping? Only time will tell.
We here at Tomopop would like to take a moment to apologize for not covering the artwork teaser for Kotobukiya's DC Bishoujo Raven (of Teen Titans fame). We aren't sure how we collectively missed it and are deeply ashamed to have not given a shout-out to Raven sooner.
Raven will be the second Teen Titan to appear in Kotobukiya's Bishoujo line, following Starfire last year. Of course, this reveal is obviously going to be more awesome. Why? Because Raven. Hopefully Raven will appear in figure form in the near future.
But what's next, you ask? Will we someday see a Terra? Bumblebee? Wonder Girl? Pantha? Bombshell? Miss Martian? Zombie Terra? Only time will tell... although I'd probably write off that last one.
We recently discussed the possibility of DC Collectibles releasing a "Rainbow" Batman action figure set and now, apparently not to be outdone, Funko will be releasing a Pop! yellow Rainbow Batman. The figure is the first in an Entertainment Earth exclusive series (see the teaser in the gallery) with a new figure announced each Friday so fans may very well see a pink Batman. And a green one. And a purple one.
Funko's Pop! yellow Batman can currently be pre-ordered for US$13. He's due out in either March (if you believe the article) or May (if you look at his pre-order page). No word yet as to which of those is correct, although I'd assume he'd appear sooner rather than later. Remember: Look for a new design each Friday.
Here's some news that might warm up your day: DC Collectibles unveiled its DC Comics Icons Firestorm during a recent "Ask DC Collectibles" feature.
Firestorm, depicted here as doing something fiery, is slated for a Fall 2015 ...
Like a bad cartoon pun, DC Collectibles' upcoming DC Comics Bombshells Batwoman re-envisions Kathy Kane as either a baseball player or a bat-wielding vigilante. The figure was recently featured as part of a Bombshells promotional video.
While I like the statue (far more than I thought I would), I don't get why they went with this bland angle instead of doing something closer to the concept art. Is her head not swung around enough for that? All things considered, however, I'd say that DCC hit this one out of the park.
For those wanting to cover their bases, retailers have already begun pitching pre-orders. You can pick this one up from Entertainment Earth for US$100 and get free shipping on your order.
DC Collectibles' long-solicited iZombie statue of Gwendolyn Dylan arrives soon (looking at January or February) for those looking to get their pre-orders in before the show starts up in March. This is based on ...
DC Collectibles has released its latest batch of solicits and headlining the selection is none other than a B:TAS Roxy Rocket.
Batman: The Animated Series and DC Animated Universe fans will recall that Roxy Rocket was a character created exclusively for The New Batman Adventures who enjoyed a little popularity despite only appearing in one Batman episode ("The Ultimate Thrill") and one Superman: The Animated Series episode ("Knight Time", where Superman is forced to impersonate Batman to cover for his disappearance). Roxy, of course, will always have fans (although nowhere near as many fellow B:TAS creation Harley Quinn) and her figure -- which comes with her iconic rocket -- marks the line's first B:TAS deluxe release. The downside? Her US$40 price tag, which makes the rocket (which adds US$15 to the MSRP) one expensive accessory.
Other highlights include Jae Lee's DC Designer Series 1 (Catwoman, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman), a Catwoman bust, a DC Comics Icons Green Lantern statue, a Gotham City Police Department badge (based on its appearance in the Gotham tv show), the DC Bombshells "newspaper boy" Lois Lane, and a Batman: Black & White Batgirl.
Most of these are due out in August and many should be available for pre-order right now. Be sure to check out the gallery for images.
He arrives! Well...soon at least. Sideshow Collectibles' Superman Sixth Scale action figure has a final production gallery ready for perusal. And he looks great. Hotly anticipated by fans of Sideshow's catering to the Silver and Bronze Age (more Silver), he should be in the hands of those who pre-ordered soon. Personally, I've been looking forward to this guy for a while. He has the look of Curt Swan drawing a Superman combining the looks of George Reeves and Christopher Reeves, then inked by John Byrne. At least...that's what I see.
The exclusive Metallo decapitated head is still available for those who want their Superman putting the hurt on robots. The gallery includes Batman beating up Superman with a Kryptonite ring (that was included with the Batman Sixth Scale), giving those of you that just want to see Bruce beat up his best friend Clark some catharsis.
The Sideshow team has worked extremely hard getting a classic, unique and iconic Last Son of Krypton for the big fans. Three heads, seven hands (an extra right hand for those confused by the math), two capes (one free-flow and one poseable), and more are included. The lone drawback I have (and boy does it sound dorky) is I think the cape should be a bit shorter for this more classic look. But that's what sewing machines are for! Just kidding...sort of... Anyway, check the gallery and make those decisions.